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


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
The Montana property with director Robert Redford and star Brad Pitt. (Getty, Swan Land Company)
“A River Runs Through It” Montana ranch lists for $136M
“A River Runs Through It” Montana ranch lists for $136M
From left: 944 Fifth Avenue, 67-69 East 93rd Street and 15 East 88th Street (Google Maps)
Three Manhattan sellers aim high asking $25M+ for luxury pads
Three Manhattan sellers aim high asking $25M+ for luxury pads
FiDi condo supply is through the roof as workers delay office return. (Getty)
FiDi condo glut is through the roof
FiDi condo glut is through the roof
eXp CEO Glenn Sanford (eXp, iStock)
Virtual broker eXp Realty has another record quarter
Virtual broker eXp Realty has another record quarter
RSA's Joseph Strasburg and Judge Lawrence Marks (Getty, Strasburg via Jeffersons Siegel)
Landlord group challenges state eviction ban
Landlord group challenges state eviction ban
Redfin CEO Glenn Kelman (Getty, Redfin)
Pocket listings exclude minority homebuyers, Redfin CEO says
Pocket listings exclude minority homebuyers, Redfin CEO says
(378 West End, 300 West and 567 Ocean Avenue, Getty)
April was best month for new condo sales in 5 years
April was best month for new condo sales in 5 years
As the economy rebounds, rental prices are following suit. With the eviction ban recently overturned, that spells trouble for tenants who are struggling to make ends meet. (iStock)
Rents rise across country as economy rebounds
Rents rise across country as economy rebounds
arrow_forward_ios

The Deal's newsletters give you the latest scoops, fresh headlines, marketing data, and things to know within the industry.

Loading...