BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - A family says a home that has been empty for a decade is attracting a dangerous crowd, and one man says he has the wounds to prove it.
Early Wednesday morning, Kenny Musante says he was attacked outside his next door neighbor's house. Musante says he confronted a man leaving the vacant home on Davey Street.
"When he came out of the door, I said, 'What are you doing over there? Why are you coming out of the house?'"
But as Musante approached the man, the man slashed Musante's face again and again.
"He didn't have anything to say he just was swinging his blade or whatever the sharp object was towards my face," Musante said.
The house has been empty for the last ten years. City crews came out and boarded it up. But Musante says the day he was slashed, the bank's property manager had to get inside, and left it open.
News 4 contacted the property manager, who said they have added a special security door to the side of the house to prevent squatters from getting back inside. The "special" door amounts to a door with padlocks at the top and the bottom, which may not be enough to stop those determined to get inside.
Lovejoy Councilman Richard Fontana said, "The bank and the property manager left this property open to vandals, wide open, and gave them a carte blanche ticket to steal everything out of it."
Fontana is launching a full investigation. He believes this was an inside job.
"I feel that they left this property open so that their guys could come back later that night to steal stuff out of it and that's what we're going to investigate because if I find that's the case, there's going to be some criminal charges here on Davey Street," Fontana said.
Musante has no idea who the slasher was, but it's a struggle he won't soon forget.
"Can't sleep, worrying...got a baby here...my grandson," he said. "This house needs to be knocked down."
Fontana says he's requested the house be added to the emergency demolition list and will be touring the house on Friday with a city inspector.
The property manager would not say what vendors they used the day of the slashing.
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