A woman who prevented a black man from entering their building has been fired from her job less than 72 hours after a video of the incident emerged and went viral.

On Saturday, D’Arreion Toles was coming home from work to his luxury apartment block when his white neighbour, Hilary Brooke  Mueller attempted to stop him because his presence made her feel uncomfortable.

The woman was out walking her dog and blocked Toles’ entrance to the building while repeatedly demanding that he show her his keys or tell her his apartment number.

Toles filmed the incident where the woman can be heard saying “Do you live here?” “I’m uncomfortable.”

He responds by telling the woman that he isn’t obligated to share this information with her as she is neither security nor the owner of the building.

Toles shared the three-part video to social media where it has amassed over 6 million views after going viral.

Alongside his posted videos, he wrote: “Woman tries to stop me from coming into my building because she feels insecure, Downtown St. Louis luxury loft, because she don’t feel that I belong, never really thought this would happen to me, but it did!

“I was shocked this is America in 2018!”

You can watch the incident below:


Mueller, who was been labelled “Apartment Patty” by people online, followed Toles to the elevator once he had pushed past her asking who he was visiting.

The video ends with Mueller following Toles to his apartment door where she appears to backtrack and introduce herself as a neighbour.

After sparking outrage online, Mueller’s employer, real estate management company Tribeca-STL, announced that she’d been fired.

According to the New York Times, the company said in a statement it had reviewed the video before coming to the decision.

“The Tribeca-STL family is a minority-owned company that consists of employees and residents from many racial backgrounds. We are proud of this fact and do not and never will stand for racism or racial profiling at our company.”

Remarkably, though, the incident didn’t conclude at the end of the footage.

Once inside his apartment, Toles said the woman called police. A St. Louis police sergeant confirmed a 911 call was made to the building because a “caller did not know if the male subject was a tenant”.

Speaking to KSDK-TV, Toles said that he believed he was stopped by the woman because he was black.

He said:

“The video speaks for itself.”

“My biggest thing to the world and to the people is how we respond to it. Do not respond to it out of anger.”

He also thanked everyone for their support in a separate Facebook post saying:

“Don’t bash the women just send her positive waves of energy, and let’s be great people this our world and this message is to everyone of all ages/ races/ colours/!”

“We only get one life so let’s make the most of it & be great, no time for negativity!”

Mueller is yet to comment on the incident.

Images via Facebook/D’Arreion Toles/KSDK-TV / USA TODAY Network