It all started when faint noises were heard coming from the walls of a Marshall’s store in Longmont, Colorado. Employees thought they heard a voice but weren’t certain.
After the voice seemed to be getting louder, firefighters were called to the scene to investigate.
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After cutting away part of a wall, they found 35-year-old Paul Felyk inside, and they say he may have been there for three days. Sgt. Matt Cage with the Longmont Police Department told 7News Denver, “I’ve had a few strange calls. This was definitely the strangest.”
Cage added Felyk was “extremely anxious to get out.”
Investigators believe Felyk may be a transient searching for a way to keep warm when he fell into the gap between the walls. Felyk was transported to a local hospital with unknown injuries.
The Longmont Times-Call reports Fire Department worker Molly Meehan said, “this definitely could have been a call that didn’t end on a good note.” They also reported that firefighters spent approximately 30 minutes Tuesday morning working to free Felyk from a vacant space between the interior and exterior walls of the Marshalls store. As crews opened a hole in the store’s exterior wall, the paper reported that Felyk was able to crawl out.
The Times-Call reported Felyk has prior convictions for robbery, trespassing, assault, driving while ability impaired theft, and criminal mischief. Police are looking into possible burglary or trespassing charges and the Times-Call reported the charges are pending. Authorities are also investigating whether Felyk’s presence in the building led to other buildings having reported issues with Internet service, phone lines, and heating systems.
Marshalls opened at 9:30 a.m. each day Felyk was believed to be trapped inside.
A spokeswoman for TJX Companies – parent company of Marshalls – declined to comment other than to say Marshalls was cooperating with law enforcement during the investigation.