NEW YORK, April 17 (UPI) -- A homeless man in New York City was evicted from a spot he had made for himself inside the Manhattan Bridge by NYPD cops on Thursday.
When he was given the boot, “Joe” was forced to leave behind Chinese cookies, a gas heater, hot sauce and beer.
The raid on Joe’s lair was conducted when a city worker used bolt cutters to remove a red bicycle lock from the wooden shelter while 12 officers looked on.
When cops yelled “Police department, Police department,” they got no response, so Emergency Service Unit officers began using a saw on the structure.
That’s when Joe, who was dressed in white pajamas, emerged.
“He’s fine. He’s fine. He didn’t answer. No one got hurt, thank God,” a senior officer told the New York Post.
Joe was taken to Bellevue for a check-up.
“That’s amazing! I didn’t think he was in there. When I saw his legs pop out, I was like, ‘Oh [expletive]!’” said another officer.
[NY Post] [Gothamist]