Man charged with stalking in dispute with neighbors
Published: Friday, February 8, 2013 at 7:40 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, February 8, 2013 at 7:40 p.m.
Police arrested a Gainesville man Friday on allegations he violated a no-contact order with his neighbors by allegedly making racial slurs and attempting to poison a dog.
Shawn Hardy MacFarlane, 43, was charged with two counts of stalking on Friday morning, according to a Gainesville Police Department arrest report. He was previously charged in December with aggravated assault after being accused of taking a chainsaw to the neighbor's fence.
According to one of the neighbors, the incident started late at night over the neighbor's dogs: Henry, a basset hound; and Kira, a pitbull mix. The houses "butt up" against each other in the backyard, the neighbor said, and are separated by a four-foot-tall chain link fence.
"We were hanging out and having a party when he came home late with his girlfriend," the neighbor said. "The dogs started barking, and they started yelling at the dogs."
The neighbors exchanged some coarse words and everyone from the party went inside, police said. Then the neighbors said they heard a noise that sounded like an engine — it was MacFarlane with a chainsaw.
Police gave the following account of the exchange between McFarlane and the neighbors:
"I'm going to kill you and your (expletive) dogs," the neighbor said MacFarlane told her in between revving his chainsaw, at which point MacFarlane used the chainsaw on the fence.
"I can do you one better," the neighbor told MacFarlane, according to police. She went inside and grabbed her 12-gauge shotgun.
"You need to back off," she told him and pumped the weapon. "I will not hesitate to shoot you both."
Police said MacFarlane and his girlfriend then walked off, and the neighbors called police.
Judge Thomas Jaworski ordered MacFarlane not to contact his neighbors during his first appearance the next day. He paid a bond and was released in December. On Jan. 4, his lawyer entered a written plea of not guilty in the case.
MacFarlane and the neighbors had another altercation on Jan. 14, police said.
"We got woken up at 2 a.m.," the neighbor said. "He was yelling racial slurs and barking at the dogs."
The neighbor told police she shrugged off the comments, but on Feb. 3, they called police again after they were on the front porch talking and saw MacFarlane banging a stick on the ground in an apparent attempt to anger the dogs, they said. MacFarlane refused to come to the door when police knocked, the report said.
The next day, MacFarlane stood outside his house yelling more racial slurs and threatening to kill the canines, police were told. He did this three times, the report said.
Two days later, on Feb. 6, a neighbor told police she saw one of the dogs sitting at the fence. She said she saw MacFarlane throw some food at her dog. The dog, named Henry, likes to eat things, she said, so she ran over, but not fast enough.
She said she jammed her hand down the dog's throat to make him throw up the food. It was a big ball of bread and cheese with a white powdery substance in it, she said. She threw it over the fence, and called police a day later, police said.
On Friday, the neighbors were made aware of the no-contact order. Regardless, they filed a restraining order with the courts.
MacFarlane was in the Alachua County jail on Friday with a $200,000 bond.
According to court records, MacFarlane was found guilty of misdemeanor marijuana possession in 2011. He was also charged with aggravated stalking, attempted burglary and resisting arrest in 2006.