Jaleesa Jackson, 29, and Chiedozie Uwandu, 28, both medical residents in Boston, Mass, were in Los Angeles for a week’s get away
‘Super host’ JJ greeted them with chilled bottle of wine and a welcome note
On the first morning on the first morning of the vacation an unknown person woke them up shouting through door, ‘I know you’re in there, Kevin’
The next night the ‘host’ himself, wearing a hoodie, burst through a window claiming he had to asked by Airbnb to evict them over ‘cleaning fees’
He escaped after a struggle with Uwandu, but the couple recognized JJ and called cops who arrested him after a brief search
The couple later found that JJ was not authorized to rent out the property
After the incident the couple went to stay in a nearby by hotel and have been struggling to obtain compensation from Airbnb since
Jaleesa Jackson [left] and Chiedozie Uwandu [right] went to Los Angeles for a beach holiday but were shocked when their ‘rest and recuperation’ turned into a nightmare. Their Airbnb ‘super host’ jumped through the window armed with a knife
An Airbnb host in Los Angeles crashed through the window of a house he rented to a Boston couple while they slept before they barricaded themselves in the kitchen armed with a knife.
Jaleesa Jackson and Chiedozie Uwandu were in Los Angeles for a beach holiday but were shocked when their Airbnb ‘super host’ jumped through the window
Jaleesa Jackson and Chiedozie Uwandu headed out of town in June for a week of rest and relaxation in Southern California. As medical residents in anesthesiologist at big, busy hospitals in Boston, Massachusetts Jackson and Uwandu live under constant stress, each putting in 14-hour shifts five or six days a week while regularly being on-call around the clock.
It was the first day of their vacation, and Jackson, 29, and Uwandu, 28, who met at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, Maryland took the west coast swing in June anticipating a week of rest and relaxation in Southern California.
After renting a small guesthouse for their vacation, the two medical residents traveled 3,000 miles for the beach break and were even greeted with a chilled bottle of wine on their arrival with a welcome note from their ‘super host’ JJ.
At about 5:30 on their first morning, Jackson awoke to loud banging at the door. As she stumbled out of bed, she heard a gruff, male voice shout, “I know you’re in there, Kevin!”
Jackson opened the door just wide enough to see an obviously agitated man in full rant. She told him to go away and slammed the door.
Jackson immediately dialed JJ for help. The phone rang on the other side of the door.
“Yeah, that was me,” JJ told Jackson of the knocking incident. “Sorry about the confusion.
Life’s too short for me to give you an explanation. Have a nice time in LA.”
He hung up.
The couple tried to brush off the bizarre behavior. “Maybe things are just different on the West Coast,” Jackson recalled thinking.
But their worsening trip turned to a nightmare when their host jumped through the window, leaving broken glass across the floor, demanding ‘cleaning fees’.
But as the man broke free and fled the scene Uwandu realized it was the same host who rented the couple the house. Jackson called 911 and told them their Airbnb host attacked them.
Police scrambled a helicopter and squad cars to the house and brought ‘JJ’ back in handcuffs.
While police were still at the scene and elderly lady arrived to ask who Jackson and Uwandu were as she rented the building to JJ, who was listing it on Airbnb without her knowledge.
Uwandu told the Boston Globe: ‘I had no idea what was happening. But I reacted like we were under attack.’
After the incident the couple went to stay in a nearby by hotel and have been fighting Aibnb since, for compensatory refund of their expenses in the impromptu relocation to a hotel
Airbnb had offered to relocate them to another Airbnb property, at no additional cost. But Jackson and Uwandu wanted nothing more to do with Airbnb and checked into a nearby Hilton hotel. T
hey say they spent $2,300 for the room, parking, and other expenses.
They asked Airbnb for $5,000 compensation and the firm’s final offer was $2,500, plus five therapy sessions to ‘overcome the trauma’, which Jackson and Uwandu turned down.
A spokesman for Airbnb said: ‘Our original handling of this incident fell well below the high standards we set for ourselves.
‘We have apologized to Dr. Jackson and Dr. Uwandu for our insufficient response. We are currently working with them to make this right, and we are reviewing every aspect of this case from the reports of the host’s disturbing behavior to our response.
‘Our community’s safety is our priority, we are deeply sorry for the anguish and inconvenience our guests have experienced and again we are working to make it right.’