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9-year-old calls police on neighbor for racist, terroristic threats to family

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Douglas Poynter (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections) Douglas Poynter (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville Metro Police say they've arrested a man who terrorized his Hispanic neighbors.

According to an arrest warrant, the trouble started on Aug. 31, on Lipps Lane, off Preston Highway. Police say a Hispanic family was arriving home when they noticed 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.

Poynter also had erected a cross with the word "burn" written underneath it, police say.

According to the arrest warrant, he was still 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, "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," said Jesus Alamo.

 Police say 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.

Poynter them 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 a short time later, they allegedly saw that Poynter was drunk.

The next day, on Sept. 1, the family came outside their home and immediately detected the stench of gasoline, according to the warrant, and noticed a puddle of gas on the porch. The father then told his family to go out the patio door, but they allegedly noticed 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, according to the warrant.

They decided to call the police.

While they were waiting 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."

Police say they arrived a short time later, saw Poynter with the gun and drew their own weapons.

They ultimately advised the victim's 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.

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.

We did try to reach out to Douglas Poynter, but he wasn't at home.

He was told to have no contact with this family.

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