Property Management Company Disarms Invalid, Helps Local Junkies

Harvey Lembo refused to be a victim to criminals, but is now a victim of his landlord.

The wheelchair-bound Rockland, Maine man who shot and wounded a violent felon who invaded his home Tuesday is now being told that he must give up his gun or face eviction:


The 67-year-old man who shot an alleged intruder accused of trying to steal his prescription painkillers has been told by his landlord he cannot have a firearm in his apartment.

“This is bull,” Harvey Lembo said Tuesday afternoon after he received a letter from the company that manages the Park Place Apartments in Rockland explaining its policy against guns.

Lembo, who uses a wheelchair, said he should have the right to have a gun to protect himself but has agreed to comply.

Lembo said he purchased a 7 mm Russian-made revolver on Monday after four burglaries at his apartment, the most recent occurring last month when prescription painkillers and $1,000 in cash reportedly were stolen.

About midnight Monday, just 12 hours after he obtained the gun, Lembo used it to shoot 45-year-old Christopher Wildhaber of Rockland, who Lembo said had broken into his home to steal his medications. Wildhaber was shot in the shoulder and fled the residence before being apprehended by Rockland police in nearby woods.

Lembo—who may be the first person I’ve ever read of using a Nagant in self-defense this century—already had his revolver confiscated as evidence to be used against home invader Wildhaber, but Stanford Management Co. is one of many companies who likes to pretend that disarming law-abiding citizens makes them safer… you know, like the first four times Lembo was robbed.


Park Place Apartments is managed by Stanford Management Co. of Portland. Russ Gagne, director of finance, said the firearm prohibition is part of the house rules for living in the apartments, and tenants sign a lease that requires they adhere to house rules.

“This is to ensure the safety of all tenants,” Gagne said.

By “safety,” Gagne of course means, “we don’t want to get sued if someone does something illegal with a gun, so we’re going to screw everyone, law-abiding citizens included.”

Meanwhile, the entire world knows that Mr. Lembo is a “soft target,” a wheelchair-bound older man who has prescription drugs without a means of defending himself.

I wonder how much the Lembo family will sue Stanford Management Co. for if Mr. Lembo is injured the next time a junkie targets him.

After all, they’ve disarmed him, and so are now morally responsible for his defense, are they not?

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