An Idaho man grabbed two kitchen knives and threatened to “cut some n****rs” during a bizarre encounter with his black neighbors.
Christopher Gauthier, of Boise, came out of his home Friday morning with the knives as his neighbors were leaving for the day, reported the Idaho Statesman.
The victim said he loaded his two young daughters into his car for school, turned on the engine to warm it up and went back inside to get an item he’d forgotten.
That’s when the 38-year-old Gauthier ran outside, opened the car door and made a “scary face” at the girls, turned off the engine and ran back into his apartment with the neighbor’s keys.
The girls ran crying toward their home.
The neighbor yelled for Gauthier to return his car keys, and police said he came outside and threatened the man with two kitchen knives.
“You threatened to cause injury to him while holding two knives and indicating that you were to ‘cut some n****rs,” said Magistrate Daniel Steckel during Gauthier’s arraignment Monday afternoon.
The neighbor called police, but Gauthier denied having the keys and refused to open his door.
Police executed a search warrant and found the keys, and Gauthier was charged with malicious harassment and burglary, both felonies.
The magistrate set bond at $200,000, and Gauthier is schedule to return to court Oct. 28.