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Police in Valley Stream, New York, on Monday arrested and charged John McEneaney, 57, and girlfriend Mindy Canarick, 53,
The white couple were accused of harassment and intimidation against Jennifer McLeggan, a 39-year-old black woman who lived next door
The claimant alleges McEneaney and Canarick tactic includes taunting her with blackface, brandishing guns, repeatedly dumping dog feces in her yard, and shooting dead a squirrel which was then left in her yrd’
McLeggan moved into neighborhood after buying home on Sapir Street in 2017, since then, she claims she has been subjected to sustained harassment
She also claims neighbors have shot target practice in yard using pellet gun
McEneaney has denied claims, saying he only wishes to ‘live in peace’
The couple were arraigned in Nassau County court on Monday and released on their on their own cognizance, but will return to court in October
Victim: Jennifer McLeggan [photo] speaks to the media outside her home. Two white next-door neighbors have been arrested for allegedly harassing McLeggan, a 39-year-old black woman who moved into the Long Island neighborhood of Valley Stream, New York, after buying a home in 2017
John McEneaney, 57, and Mindy Canarick, 53, of Valley Stream, New York, were charged by the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office.
Prosecutors charged McEneaney with criminal mischief and harassment while Canarick was charged with criminal tampering, a spokesperson for the DA’s office said.
Both are due to be arraigned via remote online hearing on Monday.
The couple is alleged to have routinely harassed Jennifer McLeggan, a 39-year-old black woman who moved into the neighborhood after buying a home on Sapir Street in 2017.
Jennifer McLeggan used secret cameras to record her racist neighbors ‘spit and throw feces’ on her yard
McLeggan posted several videos taken from her windows showing a man tossing something onto her yard and walking around with various guns.
She said police told her they can’t make an arrest unless she is harmed.
Twitter and Instagram posts about the situation last month prompted supporters to show up and protest.
McEneaney told Newsday earlier this week that he just wants to ‘live in peace’ and that he denies any harassment.
‘I just want peace … All I ever wanted was to live in peace,’ he said.
‘My family has lived in Valley Stream since 1964 and we’ve never had a problem with anyone. I wish her and her child well,’ McEneaney said of McLeggan.
When McLeggan moved in, she said her neighbors were giving her a hard time over a supposedly unkempt yard. Since then, however, things have escalated, she said.
‘I bought the property when I was pregnant, and this is the truth, the property was in bad shape,’ she told WABC-TV.
‘I’m trying my best to make every effort to clean the property. I’ve done my best to clean the property.’
McEneaney [right], told Newsday earlier this week that he just wants to ‘live in peace’ and that he denies any harassment
‘I mow the lawn, when there’s snow out here I’m shoveling the snow by myself,’ she said.
‘I’m doing what I can to keep the property clean.’
But she says her neighbors have been throwing dog feces onto her property, leading to fines.
‘I kept on noticing dog feces,’ she said. ‘I kept on noticing ticket ordinances from the Valley Stream Village town.
‘I keep getting tickets. I keep seeing dog feces.’
‘I installed a camera here. I caught my neighbor throwing dog feces in front of my property. I took that video to court, and I won a judgment [of more than $5,000].’
Since her case made nationwide news last month, a GoFundMe page has raised nearly $50,000 to help McLeggan install a security system in her home.
McEneaney denied McLeggan’s allegation that he wore blackface and used a blowtorch in his home to intimidate her.
He said the only time he’s worn black face was to put on a ski mask when shoveling snow.
Law enforcement have been called over 50 times since the altercation between the neighbors began and escalated. Police said without evidence of physical harm, they could not intervene, McLeggan said
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McEneaney told Newsday that he used a blowtorch to light carburetor cleaner on fire in his yard because he was bored one night.
He said that he agreed to police officers’ request to stop shooting target practice with his pellet gun after McLeggan complained.
McEneaney claimed that he fears for his life after getting ‘a lot of death threats’ on social media.
In total, more than 50 calls to the police have been made by the two neighbors against each other since McLeggan moved into the area three years ago.
McLeggan’s lawyer, Heather Palmore, says that her client’s neighbors’ ‘aggression…went on too long.’