It’s said fences make good neighbors. This time, however, might be the exception.
Barry Swegle is accused of demolishing three homes with a bulldozer and damaging a fourth in Port Angeles, Wash.—all because of a chain-link barricade. He allegedly tore that down, too.
Brother Jeff Swegle told local King 5 news, “If you’re looking for a reason [as to] what set him off, that’s what set him off."
Jeff Swegle said his brother had been feuding with his neighbors about the fence, which he said blocked him from moving his logging equipment in and out. Finally, Barry Swegle allegedly took matters into his own hands with the help of a bulldozer. Swegle is also accused of destroying a boat, a pickup truck and a power pole.
“I knew he was capable of tearing the fence out,” said Jeff. But "not the homes and the power pole. I didn’t think he was that mad.”
Swegle is in Clallam County Jail, charged with two counts of first-degree assault and six counts of first-degree malicious mischief, according to King 5.
No one was injured, and his brother doesn’t think he intended to hurt anyone. “I think he snapped, I think he lost it,” he said.
This isn’t the first time such a rampage has occurred. Last summer in Vermont, a man, apparently unhappy after his arrest, crushed five police cars with a tractor.
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