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Man accused of pouring gasoline outside doors of neighboring house

Douglas Poynter (Source: LMDC) Douglas Poynter (Source: LMDC)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A Louisville man has been arrested on charges that he threatened to kill his neighbors and tried to burn them out of their home.

An arrest warrant says when the neighboring family returned home on Aug. 31, they found the side of the neighbor's fence that faces their home had been painted with several messages referencing the Ku Klux Klan. When the resident of the home approached the neighbor, Douglas K. Poynter, 51, Poynter began cursing at the man and said he would kill him the first chance he got.

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When Poynter swung at the neighbor, the man's step-daughter went to call police. Poynter went back into his house, but came back outside with a shotgun which he pointed at the neighboring home while the neighbor was holding his young son. they warrant says Poynter told the neighbor he would shoot him the first chance he got, either through he front or the back. LMPD officers talked to Poynter who they said was very intoxicated.

On Labor Day, the neighboring family smelled a strong odor of gasoline when they tried to go outside. A large puddle of gasoline was found on the porch. More gasoline had been poured on the mat outside the patio door and outside the laundry room door. Police were called, but as the family waited for officers to arrive they saw Poynter in front of their home. The report says Poynter went into his home, got a shotgun and was walking around with it telling his neighbor, "Sooner or later, you're all gonna die. You and your family."

Arriving officers saw Poynter inside his property waving the gun around. Officers drew their weapons and were able to get Poynter outside.

Poynter was arrested Sept. 2 on three counts of terroristic threatening, two counts of wanton endangerment, one count each of attempted arson, menacing, harassment and criminal trespassing.

The warrant says the neighbor had been having problems with Poynter for several months and states that Poynter walked into the man's home uninvited looking for him.

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