'Mayor of Fulton Street' accused of being terrible landlord, fighting cops

A landlord known as the “Mayor of Fulton Street” might soon end up a citizen of prison.

Norman Sabel, the owner of a 24-unit building at 1725 Fulton St. who is being sued by at least four current and former tenants, was charged Thursday with three felonies, among other counts, following an alleged brawl Monday with a police officer that stemmed from a tenant dispute.

Sabel and the building he reportedly inherited have been a plague on the community, according to neighbors, tenants and police. He is accused of habitually terrorizing tenants to the point that they began videotaping his cruel antics.

One video shows Sabel hollering at a tenant for being in a common area that he wanted to hose down, then assaulting him. In another video, Sabel is seen beating up a man who had asked him to turn up the heat, according to Steven MacDonald, the attorney representing the tenant who filmed the incident.

The abuse has been happening for years, and police have reportedly received numerous complaints about noise, suspicious people and other issues, Lt. Mike Caplan told KGO (Ch. 7).

On Monday, Sabel went too far, according to prosecutors. A tenant had asked for a certified plumber but Sabel insisted on doing the work himself. The tenant filmed Sabel cussing and kicking down his door. When police arrived, Sabel was working on the plumbing with a knife. He ended up fighting with officers.

One cop was hospitalized with a knee injury, Assistant District Attorney Alex Bastian said.

MacDonald said Sabel inherited the building and other properties. His 24-unit Fulton Street building is only half-filled, the attorney said.

Sabel, who is out of custody on $62,000 bail, is expected to be arraigned Friday, Bastian said.

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