COMSTOCK PARK, Mich. (WOOD) — A Comstock Park man faces two felony charges after allegedly calling his neighbor racial slurs and threatening to hurt him.
Anthony Winkler was charged with one count of interfering with a crime report by committing a crime or threatening to kill or injury, and one count of ethnic intimidation, court records show.
On April 10, according to a probable cause affidavit filed in Kent County’s 63rd District Court, Winkler’s upstairs neighbor said he smelled marijuana smoke coming from Winkler’s apartment at their complex on Alpenhorn Drive NW. The neighbor called police to report it.
Winkler then allegedly told his neighbor he was going to beat him up for calling police.
Winkler also allegedly said he “was going to shoot that n***** neighbor of his,” the affidavit signed by a sheriff’s detective said.
When responding deputies asked Winkler if he knew why they were there, he allegedly responded, “It’s because of that s**** neighbor of mine,” the affidavit says.
Deputies then asked whether there was a racial factor involved.
“F*** yes, it is. If it wasn’t for his s**** a**, you f****** cops would not be here,” the document says Winkler responded.
Winkler also said he was upset his neighbor spoke to him in Spanish, the affidavit says.
Winkler’s bond was set at $10,000 and he was ordered not to have contact with the neighbor involved in the case.
If convicted on both counts, he could spend up to 12 years in prison and up to $25,000 in fines.