Louisville, Kentucky police say they’ve arrested a man who terrorized his Hispanic neighbors so much that they thought he would end up killing them. On Sept. 2, 51-year-old Douglas Poynter, was arrested for criminal trespassing, attempted arson, terroristic threats, wanton endangerment, harassment and menacing, after a series of disturbing incidents took place over Labor Day weekend.
According to local news station WNRB, the terror campaign started on Aug. 31, when a Hispanic family arriving home noticed that Poynter, their neighbor, had painted the words “KKK wants you to burn” on the side of his fence, facing their house. Poynter also had erected a cross with the word “burn” written underneath it.
Poynter was standing in his yard covered in paint when the family arrived. When they asked him why he would do this, Poynter allegedly swore at them yelling, “Fuck you. Fuck all you immigrants,” and told them he would kill them the first chance he got. Police say Poynter then tried to punch the dad, who pushed him away, and the family’s 9-year-old step-daughter told Poynter she was going to call the police.
Poynter then went inside his home and came out with a shotgun, police say, and pointed it tight at the father, who was holding his infant son in his arms. He told the father that he would shoot him the first chance he got, either in the front or the back.
When police arrived a short time later, they allegedly saw that Poynter was drunk. It’s unclear why he wasn’t arrested at the time.
The next day, on Sept. 1, the family went outside in their yard and immediately detected the stench of gasoline. There was a puddle of gas on the porch. The father then told his family to go around the gas — out the patio door — only to find gasoline on a rubber mat outside that door as well. When the family attempted to exit from a laundry room door, they found another puddle of gasoline.
The entire house had been doused in gasoline, and the family, understandably very freaked out by this time, called the police again.
While they were waiting for officers to arrive, Poynter again 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.”
Police say they arrived a short time later, saw Poynter with the gun and drew their own weapons.
The police urged the family to file a criminal complaint. 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.
Police have not yet indicated if they will choose to charge Poynter with a hate crime, although with the KKK cross and all, it seems like that would be the very definition of a hate crime.