Woman rescued after being trapped in billionaire’s UES elevator all weekend

She'd been cleaning the townhouse when the elevator got stuck

New York /
Jan.January 28, 2019 01:45 PM

48 East 65th Street (Credit: Google Maps)

A woman who was stuck in an elevator on the Upper East Side since Friday was finally rescued Monday morning. NY1 reports that she sustained non life-threatening injuries.

Marites Fortaliza, 53, was cleaning a private townhouse at 48 East 65th Street when she became trapped in the building’s elevator between the second and third floors, WABC reported.

The homeowners returned Monday morning and realized the elevator wasn’t working and called the fire department. The FDNY responded and forced open the door and were surprised to find a person inside, according to the Wall Street Journal.

“We went for a stuck elevator,” an FDNY official said. “Not for a person stuck in an elevator.”

Property records indicate that Little Rock investment banker Warren Stephens, a billionaire, owns the townhouse.

According to the Department of Buildings, the elevator was last inspected in July and no violations were found. The incident is still under investigation. Earlier this month, The Real Deal took an in-depth look at elevator oversight in the city. [ABC, WSJ and NY1] — Kathryn Brenzel


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