EYEWITNESS: Here’s How A New York Times Reporter Broke Into A Corey Stewart Staffer’s Home
Eyewitness Amber Fincham is coming forward with her account of the disturbing events that occurred at the Woodbridge, Virginia apartment of Corey Stewart Senate campaign staffer Brian Landrum.
Following her conversations with police, Amber Fincham provided Big League Politics with the following account, describing how Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter Stephanie Saul entered Landrum’s apartment without permission or notice.
“I was staying at Brian’s apartment in Woodbridge on Wednesday afternoon. I took a shower and was doing my makeup and listening to music. At about 2:15pm I was walking out of the bathroom and heard a noise over the music,” Fincham recalls.
“I turned off the music and turned around and a woman I didn’t know was in the kitchen walking to the door. I said hello? She said hello and said she was looking for Brian and asked if he was home. I said he was at work and she asked me when he was coming home and I told her 8:00. She had a note pad and wrote a note and tore it off and left it with me to give to Brian that had her name and phone number. After she left I called Brian and told him what happened. He said he didn’t know a Stephanie and asked me to send him a picture of the note which I did,” Fincham continues.
Police in Prince William County are currently investigating the alleged crime, recently collecting evidence from Landrum’s apartment. Their report is expected early this coming week.
The eyewitness was able to identify New York Times reporter Stephanie Saul as the intruder. Saul, who won the Pulitzer Prize in journalism for reporting on police pension fraud, did not immediately return questions for this report.
The Prince William County magistrate told Brian Landrum that Saul could be charged with misdemeanor unlawful entry, or potentially felony breaking and entering.
The intrusion took place at Bell Stonebridge Apartments in Woodbridge, VA.
“Working in politics, you become accustomed to the rough-and-tumble nature of the sport. But never in a million years could I have anticipated the New York Times sending a reporter to break into my apartment looking for a story. We’re working with police investigators, and look forward to justice being served,” Brian Landrum said in a statement.
The eyewitness was listening to music when she heard rustling, turned around, and saw a female in Landrum’s kitchen. The woman was turning to leave. The kitchen is 5 to 10 feet from the apartment’s threshold. The apartment is a secured facility with key fob doors. Non-residents are not allowed in the apartment building without consent. Access to the apartment building requires a key fob.
Brian Landrum said that he does not know Stephanie Saul. The apartment building’s office reported that Ms. Saul asked about Landrum at the front desk, saying she was trying to find Landrum and that he did not answer his door when she knocked. The office said that they did not allow Stephanie Saul into the building, and they do not know how she entered the building at this time.
The intruder left a note on Landrum’s kitchen counter.
The intruder said, “hello?”
The intruder said, “Is Brian here? I need to ask some questions.”
The houseguest replied, “No, he’s not here. He’s at work.”
The intruder said, “I’m looking for Landrum.” She said she wanted to talk to Brian Landrum and asked when he would be home.
The houseguest replied, “Eight p.m.”
The intruder said, “Can you give him this note?”
The houseguest replied, “yes.”
The intruder turned and left the apartment.
The houseguest did not understand what was going on. She recalls being “pretty shaken up,” and did not know how to respond.