Updated: September 15, 2014 4:37PM
A Midlothian landlord has been charged for unlawfully changing the locks of an apartment inhabited by a wheelchair-bound man afflicted with multiple sclerosis, preventing the man from having access to his oxygen and medication, police said.
Brian Saving, 35, 13351 Ash Court, Palos Heights, is charged with criminal housing management and criminal trespass after he changed the locks and removed a wooden ramp the 45-year-old victim uses to enter his apartment, according to police.
Police said they were called after the tenant returned home Aug. 8 to discover the locks of his apartment in the 3500 block of 147th Street were changed.
Saving supplied police with a document signed by the tenant that indicated that he was ending his lease and moving out, and Saving told police that he changed the locks so he could clean the apartment and find a new tenant.
But the document contained only one signature, was not notarized and Saving did not have the legal right to evict the tenant, according to police.
They said the tenant again called police on Aug. 9, saying he still had not received a new key to the apartment. When police questioned Saving, he had no explanation for not giving the tenant a new key and was arrested, police reported.