Charges: Man terrorized S. Seattle neighbors with pellet gun, racial slurs
SEATTLE -- Police arrested a 57-year-old man Monday after multiple South Seattle neighbors of his reported a series of escalating threatening behavior from him, including shooting a car and pet cat with a pellet gun and issuing racial slurs.
Victor Jones was charged last week with stalking and malicious harassment, the state's hate crime statute. Authorities attempted to serve him with a restraining order and involuntary mental health hold order earlier last week, but he refused to leave his residence.
The alleged incidents occurred with neighbors in the 8300 block of Wolcott Avenue South in the Dunlap neighborhood near Pritchard Island.
"The defendant has a long history of menacing neighbors, but appears to have escalated in the last few months," Senior Deputy Prosecutor Michael Hogan wrote in a court memo.
A couple who had lived there since 2013 told police that they never had problems with Jones until they removed a handicapped parking spot in front of their house and put put bricks on the parking strip to protect the grass and water meter in the area, according to a Seattle police report.
The wife reported to police that her cat was shot in the leg with a pellet gun about noon Oct. 2. The shooting broke the cat's femur, which required surgery. She asked several neighbors if they had seen anything, including Jones. Jones allegedly did not admit to it, but taunted the couple about "cat soup" and indicated he didn't want cats running free in the neighborhood, according to the incident report.
The wife then reported on Nov. 18 that Jones drove his car onto the parking strip in front of their house and spun the tires on the wet grass strip from one end to the other. He reportedly returned 50 minutes later to do the same thing, causing ruts in the grass. The couple did not witness these actions, but their security camera captured them and another family claimed to see them.
The same woman returned home from her shift as a nurse just after midnight Nov. 21 and brought her dog out for a walk, but allegedly heard Jones say that he was going to "get" her and "get her dog." He also reportedly said, "I think I'll take you first." Those statements were also captured on security footage, according to Seattle police.
A responding officer described the woman as "crying," "nervous" and "visibly shaking" because she was terrified that Jones would hurt her or her dog.
Later that day, in the afternoon, the woman's husband reported that Jones drove his white van backward across their grass and into their driveway, court records say.
The next day, the husband was taking out his trash when he allegedly spotted Jones leaving his house, holding a large machete. He swung the machete back and forth, the husband told police, talking about "cats running around here free," saying something like "cats taste better than chicken and again mentioning "cat soup," according to the police report.
Jones then allegedly told the husband, who is Hispanic, "You're goin' back home" and called him a racial slur.
Police were called to the neighborhood again Nov. 24 when the wife reported Jones was outside their house shinging a flashlight into their windows and security camera. Officers arrived to find Jones standing on the sidewalk with a flashlight, then setting it on "strobe" mode and placing it atop a trash can, pointing at the couple's house, court records say.
Upon seeing the officers, Jones reportedly ran into his house curing and shouting and saying something about "cat soup."
The wife called police again about midnight Nov. 29, asking for a police escort into her home because Jones was reportedly flashing a light into their house and security camera again.
Another family told authorities of separate alleged harassment incidents from Jones starting in 2009. They say he doused their vegetable garden in motor oil that trailed back to his house, shot their vehicle with a pellet gun, breaking the window, and shot a resident in the buttock with a pellet gun.
The couple who made the recent repeated reports obtained a protection order against Jones, claiming the wife cannot sleep and is terrified of going to and from her car, according to court documents. King County mental health also obtained a 72-hour involuntary mental health hold order for Jones.
Jones reportedly renewed his concealed pistol license Nov. 21 and is believed to own a .45 caliber pistol in addition to his machete, police reports indicate.
Officers tried to serve the protection order and mental health hold at his house Nov. 29, but he allegedly refused to leave his house.
Prosecutors charged Jones Friday and police arrested him Monday. He remains jailed on $150,000 bail.
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