BULLITT COUNTY, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Bullitt County man says his crazy old neighbor attacked him with a weed wacker and chewed through his flesh.
Thomas McMullan looks like he fought with an animal and lost. He's scratched up and scarred from his chest to his neck after the dispute Sunday with his next-door neighbor on Brooks Hill Road.
"I got to watch how I move my arm, because it pulls, and it wants to pull back apart in here," he said gingerly, touching the wounds.
Surveillance and cell phone video shows some of what happened just after noon Sunday. The footage appears to show McMullan approaching the fence and looking over at his neighbor, 67-year old Larry Haynes, who was using his weed wacker. Haynes pauses, then looks up and brings the weed wacker blade toward the camera. You can hear the contact and see the camera shake as the lawn-trimming device is hoisted toward the top of the fence.
"Call the police," McMullan said in the video. "He just attacked me with the fu***** weed eater."
McMullan believes Haynes was riled up over fireworks debris left in his yard earlier in the week. McMullan, his wife and two of their four children had been outside cleaning up from a party. The 36-year-old father said his older neighbor was "chewing up" his privacy fence on purpose, and he wanted to get it on camera due to their history of explosive altercations.
"I was shocked at that moment ... like this guy really just swung a weed eater at me." McMullan said Monday. "I could feel the blood start running down me and feel the burn, and I was like, 'Did this really just happen?'"
Bullitt County Sheriff's deputies arrested Haynes and charged him with second-degree assault.
"Neighbor disputes are one of the most common calls we deal with," Bullitt County Chief Deputy Mike Cook said.
The weed wacker attack is far from the first incident between the Haynes and the McMullans. In fact, in the last four years, records show there have been 40 911 calls between their homes, bringing cops to the property line.
Independence Day seems like a trigger point for the feuding families. The McMullans captured another encounter on video from July 2016, in which Haynes uses a racial slur.
"Your wife sucks Nig**r di**!" Haynes shouts in the video while taunting party-goes to cross his property line.
"He pulled a gun over trash in his yard for fireworks with eight kids in my yard," Thomas' wife Amanda McMullan's said of the 2016 incident. "I had it all on video, and they did nothing. It was dismissed."
"Each time they call and they press charges, my grandpa's been found innocent," Haynes' grandson James Haynes said.
The family believes the same fate will follow in the latest altercation calling it a "accident."
"My grandpa got startled and as a natural reaction, he lifted up the weed eater," James Haynes said.
But those records from emergency calls paint a consistent narrative about Larry Haynes. A review of Bullitt County dispatch records show 19 additional 911 calls separate from incidents with the McMullans. The law enforcement responses were almost always for Haynes' fallouts with other neighbors, including the people in McMullan's home before they moved in in 2014.
"We like to call the guys like this a frequent flier," Bullitt County E-911 Center Maj. Danny Thompson said. " (Police) know how to get there."
Despite consistent calls and prior arrests Larry Haynes' charges have always been dismissed as "he said-she said" situations. Cook said, in this instance, the evidence is much more clear. Larry Haynes bonded out of the Bullitt County Jail on Monday morning and was ordered to have no contact with his neighbors and no weapons. If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in prison.
"It's never been taken seriously by the courts," Thomas McMullan said. "That just makes him think even more he can do whatever he pleases around here without any consequences.
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