A FEMA worker miles from the area still devastated by superstorm Sandy, allegedly wandered into a married mother’s home on Staten Island on Jan. 29 and forcibly touched and harassed the woman before she was able to run outside.
“I don’t consider myself a victim, but if you come down to it, I am a victim and I’m a victim being victimized by an agency that is supposed to help.”
Samantha is still trying to come to grips with what happened inside her Bullshead home on Staten Island the morning of January 29th.
The 36-year-old married mother of two agreed to share her exclusive story with PIX 11 News but asked that we shield her face and not use her last name.
“I was on the top landing of the stairs and I looked down and he saw himself in.”
Within seconds, Troy Donahue, a 35-year-old FEMA employee dressed in FEMA clothing and sporting credentials, was in her living room uninvited.
“He said he was here from FEMA friends and family doing an interview (or) investigation for people that are living with other family members.”
This raised red flags, as her family was 8 miles away in Midland already been dealing with FEMA, she said.
Samantha got a bad feeling, and, before she knew it, “He approaches me, he’s tickling me from my hands up to my arm telling me ‘Ooh I had to come up here and talk to you, you’re just the cutest thing.’”
“I don’t know what else you need here, but I gotta go and so do you,” Samantha replied.
Samantha then ran down the stairs to her yard so that someone might see Donahue. “I was legitimately in fear for my life,” she said.
In plain view of her neighbors, Donahue continued to harass her undeterred. “He proceeded to write his number on a card,” she said. “The card was filled with FEMA information.”
Lindsay claimed to have no knowledge of the incident, despite a police complaint filed by Samantha.
“Once inside, the perp did make a comment about how cute she is,” the complaint reads. “The perp also touched the person on her arm.”
Brushing off the allegation, the spokesman said, “I believe he is one of our community relations people but at this time we are focused on the survivors and recovery of Hurricane Sandy.”
FEMA spokeswoman Hannah Vick also issued this statement in response to the PIX11 story:
“FEMA does not comment on personnel matters due to privacy concern but FEMA does not tolerate discrimination of any form, and takes immediate appropriate action in cases that are brought to our attention. The case is considered closed by both FEMA and the NYPD.”
When asked why Donahue was entering a home eight miles from the storm-ravaged part of Staten Island, a FEMA spokesperson said only that “We have people all over.”
According to police, no arrests have been made.
The victim’s mother told PIX 11 News that the case is not closed in their minds and that FEMA’s statement is “B.S.” adding that, “My daughter is disgusted and nothing is resolved.”
The family is also retaining an attorney.
Jeremy Tanner contributed to this report.