ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - An Orange County woman said her life was turned upside down because of the noise coming from her upstairs neighbor’s condo.
“I had to wear earplugs to sleep and noise-canceling headphones just to talk around in the condo,” said the woman, who did not want to be identified.
The victim said the noise would rattle her Dr. Phillips condo at different times throughout the day.
Investigators said a system with speakers was set up so that the suspect, Marianna Seachrist, 41, could set the noise off anywhere, anytime and with a smartphone.
Seachrist’s downstairs neighbor said she never expected the noise from the condo above to affect her life so much.
“You couldn’t sit at the dining room table. You couldn’t be in the kitchen. I had to wear foam earplugs,” the neighbor said.
She said the noise would sometimes shake the walls.
Deputies responded at least eight times to Seachrist's condo, and sometimes, they heard the noise as well.
But Seachrist would never be home or didn’t answer.
Residents started keeping a detailed log and eventually got an injunction.
When the noise didn’t stop, deputies got a search warrant and forced their way through the front door last week.
They found three low-frequency speakers hooked up to an amplifier and a tablet playing an MP3 on loop.
Deputies said the subwoofers were facing down on the floor with dumbbells holding them down and could be activated with a smartphone.
They believe Seachrist purposely set it up the elaborate system to bother the neighbors.
“It wasn’t an appliance, it wasn’t a washing machine. It was just noise,” said a neighbor.
The investigators wrote in their report they were shocked by the set up upstairs.
Seachrist is facing a charge of aggravated stalking.
She has since bonded out of jail.