Imposter landlord at large, stole thousands by renting out complex he did not own, authorities say

40 occupants of complex have until Wednesday to leave


SAN ANTONIO – A man accused of being an imposter landlord is on the run after police let him go.

Police said 42-year-old Joseph Mendez is wanted for felony theft. Mendez stole thousands of dollars from families by renting a condemned Southeast Side apartment complex he did not own.

Police said they could only bring Mendez in Monday for outstanding traffic warrants, and by the time police got a new warrant Tuesday morning, he was gone.

The 40 occupants have until the end of Wednesday to leave the complex.