LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A Louisville man is behind bars Wednesday after allegedly painting racist comments on his neighbor's fence and even threatening his life.
Douglas Poynter, 51, was arrested Tuesday and remains at Metro Corrections on $10,000 cash bond. He’s charged with menacing, terroristic threatening, wanton endangerment, harassment, criminal trespassing and arson.
It happened over Labor Day weekend, when Jesus Alamo says he came home with his wife and children. Alamo has lived in his south Louisville home for just a few months and in that time, he says his neighbor, Poynter, has shown two sides to him: a generous man who would help anyone in need, including Jesus. But Alamo says it becomes a different story when this neighbor begins to drink.
"My kids go, 'Dad, look at the fence. What does KKK mean?' I said, what?" Alamo said.
Driving up to the house, the fence that divides Alamo’s rental property from his neighbor's was covered in green paint and read "KKK wants you to burn." A cross with the word burn underneath it was also painted.
Alamo says he immediately confronted Poynter, who was covered in green paint.
"He was hammered, couldn't even stand up straight," Alamo said.
Alamo says Poynter denied any involvement in this vandalism, then became aggressive and said he was going to kill Alamo "the first chance he got."
"Especially, it scared me, but more the kids," Alamo said.
Police arrived on scene and noticed both the paint and an intoxicated Poynter, but left without making an arrest.
The next day, Alamo walked outside of his home where he noticed the smell of gasoline. He claims Poynter dumped gasoline on two of his doorsteps attempting to threaten their lives further.
It didn't stop there.
Alamo claimed Poynter pointed a shotgun at him and his 22-month-old son at which point he alerted police. He told authorities about recent encounters between he and Poynter, with claims Poynter had threatened Alamo and his family several times before, saying, "all you immigrants should die."
When police arrived a second time, they, too smelled the scent of gasoline as well as alcohol on Poynter. But with it being a holiday weekend, they told Alamo he'd have to file a criminal complaint that wouldn't get processed until Tuesday. But before police could return to make an arrest on Tuesday, Poynter had removed the section of fence, leaving behind only a few splashes of paint.