Got to my office building this a.m. and there were hundreds of people—and six police cars— outside.

“Fire alarm?” I asked one waiting person.

“Apparently some suspicious character has entered our building,” she said. She’d been waiting five minutes. After another ten minutes, the police let us in the building and I took the elevator up to the 10th floor. My co-worker was already there. She hadn’t heard about the excitement.

I had just finished recounting the story when our doorbell rang. We have a camera outside our door that gives a good view of the entire hallway. Monitors on our desk switch on the view when the doorbell rings, so I looked up to see a shrouded figure run to the fire alarm and pull it.

We called the security desk and told them that the suspect is on our floor, they tell the police, who rush up and corner her/him outside our office door.

The building super came to visit us after the police nailed her and told us that she had pulled a knife on someone in the subway station and when chased, ran into our building. I’m not too happy that the police let us in the building without knowing whether the suspect had exited. Literally, if I had been one minute later, I would have come off the elevator face-to-face with her.

Scary! How do I make art from this?

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