Nothing seemed off with Daniel Miller, people who worked near his Inwood store said on Friday.
“He seemed nice,” said Anna, who works in the building at 80 Mott Ave. “He always said he was going to do a grand opening.”
She was “shocked” when shown a picture of Miller and found out that he was Thursday for allegedly drugging a first-day employee at his store and having sex with him.
“I wouldn’t expect him to do that — who would?” said Anna, who did want to give her last name. “I can’t say he didn’t creep me out. It’s sad someone would go to such an extent.”
Miller’s store, Botanica Inle-Osain, which sells ritual items such as oils, soaps, incense and candles, had been located in a suite at 80 Mott Ave. when the alleged incident took place. The store moved a few doors down to 68 Mott Ave. last month, neighbors say.
Some people in the building were happy to see Miller move his store, Anna said.
Police say that Miller complained of chest pain and was admitted to a local hospital. He will be arraigned when practical, police said.
According to Anna, Miller has complained of having health problems, and has suffered a heart attack in the past.
Tony Gancio, who works at nearby Rockaway Collision and met Miller once when he wanted to have his car fixed, said he rarely saw customers going in the store.
If convicted, Gancio said Miller should be "should be put away.”