Landlord charged with pointing gun at, threatening to kill tenant

WADSWORTH, Ohio (WOIO/Grey Information) – An Ohio man claims he’s now residing in concern and sleeping in his automobile after his landlord threatened to kill him over the weekend.

WOIO studies Richard Wilke stated his landlord confirmed up at his house on Durling Drive in Wadsworth final Saturday when issues escalated. He says his landlord ended up pulling out a gun and threatening to kill him proper outdoors his entrance door.

“He instructed me he was going to place one proper between my eyes … and I took him critically,” Wilke stated. “There was not a doubt in my thoughts that that man was ready to kill me in that second I used to be terrified for my life.”

Wilke, 37, stated he’s lived within the house for the previous 5 years and he by no means had any issues together with his landlord.

“There was a light disagreement between my landlord and I relating to a rodent management drawback and a few repairs that had gone, I suppose, unattended, you would say,” Wilke stated.

He stated his oven has by no means labored and he’s requested for it to be mounted however claims it by no means was. He stated there are additionally a number of holes in his wall that mice have been utilizing to return into his house.

“I’ll simply be sitting in my lounge and a mouse will likely be scurrying over my foot. Like, that’s not acceptable for anyone in these residing situations,” Wilke stated.

He stated an exterminator got here out and set traps however instructed him the holes wanted to be sealed. He stated he began calling his landlord asking for him to do the work.

“After we had mentioned the matter on the cellphone, (he) determined I had been calling him too many occasions for his liking and known as Wadsworth PD,” stated Wilke. “So, at that time, they requested me to cease calling him so I may keep away from a harassment cost, which I instantly did, and I left him alone the remainder of the day. About an hour and a half later, he exhibits up at my house and I hear my door shut, and I see a determine transferring away from the window again in the direction of the car parking zone.”

Wilke stated his landlord, Terry Dotson, confirmed up with an eviction discover.

“He screamed, ‘30 days’ at me, and that was in reference to the discover to vacate the premises that he had supplied me with simply then, and he took a really robust disliking to my therapy of his discover. After I threw it to the aspect, he turned very irate and produced a pistol and he then pointed it at my head and threatened to finish my life,” Wilke stated.

He stated whereas the gun was pointed at his head, his 11-year-old son was simply toes away inside the house.

“Unbeknownst to him, his father is being held at gunpoint whereas he’s enjoying video video games inside,” the daddy stated.

Then he seen a younger woman pulled up in her automobile.

“I strongly imagine that’s what saved my life was that younger woman’s presence and being a witness to the scenario,” Wilke stated.

Wilke known as 911 and his landlord ultimately took off. Springfield Township police arrested Dotson later that day and he was booked within the Medina County jail for aggravated menacing. Wilke additionally filed a restraining order towards him.

“He’s not allowed inside 500 toes of this residence which is his property or inside 500 toes of myself or my son,” stated Wilke.

Wilke is on incapacity and suffers from melancholy, nervousness, and PTSD. He is also a part of the Medina Metropolitan Housing Authority Program and now he has to discover a new place to reside.

“This has exacerbated my situation enormously,” Wilke admitted. “I’m continually in paranoia.”

Dotson has not answered requests for remark.

Dotson is scheduled to be again in Wadsworth Municipal Court docket on Dec. 11. Till then, Wilke says he’s continually wanting over his shoulder and looking for a brand new place to reside.

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