Thursday, September 4, 2014

9-year-old calls police on neighbor for racist, terroristic threats to family:‘ 'KKK wants you to burn’

Louisville, Kentucky Police arrested a man who terrorized his Hispanic neighbors.  According to an arrest warrant, the trouble started on Aug. 31st when a Hispanic family was arriving home and discovered that their neighbor, 51-year-old Douglas Poynter, had painted the words "KKK wants you to burn" on the side of his fence, facing their house.

In addition,  Poynter had erected a cross with the word "burn" written underneath it, according to police.

Poynter was still standing in his yard -- covered in paint -- when the family arrived. When the family asked him why he would do this, Poynter allegedly swore at them yelling, "F____ you. F_____ all you immigrants." "He started threatening me and said the first chance I get, you're mine. I'm gonna shoot you. Then he started pointing his shotgun out of the window," Jesus Alamo said.

According to WDRB,  At that point, Poynter then swung his fist at Jesus Alamo, who pushed him back.

The victim's 9-year-old step-daughter then said she was going to call the police, so Poynter went inside his home and came out with a shotgun, police say, pointing at the Hispanic father, who was holding his 22-month-old son in his arms at the time, and telling him that he would shoot him the first chance he got, either in the front or the back.

 When police arrived on the scene, the found that Poynter was inebriated.

On Sept. 1st, the family came outside their home and noticed a strong stench of gasoline, according to the warrant, and noticed a puddle of gas on the porch.

That's when the father instructed his family to go out the patio door, but they allegedly noticed gasoline on a rubber mat outside that door as well.

Another puddle of gasoline was discovered when the family tried to exit the home from a laundry room door, according to the warrant.

So they called the police.

WDRB reports that while the family waited for officers to arrive, Poynter allegedly walked out of his home with the shotgun and began waving it around, pointing it at the father and saying, "Sooner or later, you're gonna die. You and your family."

 When police arrived, they found Poynter with the gun so they drew their own weapons.

According to the warrant, the victim claims to have had trouble with Poynter for several months, including one incident in which Poynter walked into his family's home without being invited. Police say the man's children -- 12-year-old twins and a 22-month-old -- are terrified of Poynter. An arrest warrant was issued on Sept. 2, and Poynter was arrested later that afternoon. He was charged with criminal trespassing, attempted arson, terroristic threatening, wanton endangerment, harassment and menacing. In court on Wednesday, Poynter shook his head as court officials described what he's accused of doing. By the afternoon, he was released from jail on a $10,000 bond. Alamo was alerted by an automated message as we were speaking to him. "And if I feel like I'm in any kind of danger to call the authorities," Alamo said, describing what the message told him. While neighbors describe Poynter as friendly, Alamo says this hasn't been the case for his family for the past few months. With family nearby, he doesn't have plans to move. He says he's hoping the harassment will stop. "Don't even look at me. Don't look at my kids," Alamo said when speaking about his neighbor. 
WDRB 41 Louisville News

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