A Tracy man faces a court date in June after the latest incident in a six-month-long neighborhood feud.
Mark Hawkins, 47, was booked into San Joaquin County Jail in French Camp on suspicion of brandishing a weapon early Tuesday morning.
Police got the call at 12:42 a.m. Tuesday when a woman on the 1400 block of Chester Drive told police that her neighbor was in the street, walking around with a handgun. She told police that it was an ongoing problem, and that the neighbor “continually tells police that the guns he has are fake, but hides the real ones when the police arrive.”
Police took Hawkins to jail after the neighbor made a citizen’s arrest. Hawkins was released later that day.
Hawkins confirmed Wednesday that he went to jail, but says that he had no handgun and that police seized no handgun when they arrested him. He did say that he had a pair of binoculars, which he uses to spot license plates on cars he believes are involved with drug activity.
He said Thursday that he is preparing for his June 13 hearing at the Tracy courthouse and that his attorney advised him not to talk to the Tracy Press.
Police dispatch logs show that officers visit the street often, and the dispatcher has repeatedly reminded the responding patrol officer of previous visits.
Hawkins said that a stolen car report last week and a Feb. 28 car burglary report are related to disputes between him and neighbors. He also said he has called police to complain about suspected drug dealing in the neighborhood.
His wife called police Feb. 28 and said Hawkins had caught two young men breaking into his car. Several more people called to report that a man with a gun had handcuffed someone. Police let everyone go after the two young men and their families insisted they were just playing a game of hide-and-seek.
Police visited again after Hawkins’ wife told police May 10 that their next-door neighbor, who had just been evicted, had taken her car. Police found the car, and the man was not arrested. Police also have received reports of the man going by the neighborhood since then.
Police returned Tuesday after Hawkins was arrested, first for a report that one of his cars was parked illegally on the street. The car was towed. The woman who called police the previous night called again Tuesday evening to say Hawkins was back and threatening to sue her.
About a half-hour later, Hawkins called police and wanted to talk to an officer regarding “neighbors reporting lies about him.”