The Real Deal New York

Ex-Warhol home used to swindle apartment hunters: police

Man allegedly gave would-be renters tours of 434 East 9th Street, collected deposits
March 11, 2014 12:00PM

A man posing as a rental agent persuaded nine women to pay him a total of more than $20,000 with fake ads on Craigslist for apartments in the East Village, according to police.

One of the homes was a townhouse at 321 East 6th Street formerly owned by Andy Warhol. The suspect gave tours of the Warhol home as well as 434 East 9th Street. He received $2,200 cash deposits from several women who expressed interest in the rentals. The suspect called himself David Horowitz or Michael Bryant.

The women responded to the ads between Jan. 16 and Feb. 1, as previously reported. Police said there were no signs of forced entry at the apartment buildings. [DNAinfo] and [EV Grieve]Mark Maurer