A Lakewood man pulled a gun on his neighbor and accused him of turning the neighborhood into a “ghetto,” records show.
The men live on 89th Avenue SW and had a confrontation Tuesday afternoon.
Court documents give this account:
A 56-year-old man drove past his neighbor’s house several times Tuesday, swearing at him and two of his neighbor’s employees while taking pictures.
When he later returned, the man allegedly tried to run over his neighbor and the other men.
He also used a racial slur and threatened to shoot his neighbor, “saying they had ruined the neighborhood and made it into a ghetto,” records show.
Police said at least two of the victims are black.
The man then left.
Later that afternoon, he returned and allegedly pointed a gun at his neighbor’s face from 15 feet away. The two employees ran and hid.
Police arrived moments later and the man returned to his home, telling his neighbor “he was lucky the police showed up because they were the only thing that could protect him,” records show.
Officers went to the man’s house, but he refused to answer questions and made confusing statements.
They arrested him and while police were driving the man to jail, he allegedly told them to “watch your back.”
A search of the man’s home turned up two semi-automatic handguns in the living room and a rifle and pellet gun in the bedroom.
The man was charged Wednesday with second-degree assault and malicious harassment and is being held without bail.
He was ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation and is scheduled to appear back in court March 15.
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