Charges: Cable Man Caught in Middle of Neighbors' Feud, Threatened with Shotgun in Lakeville

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September 21, 2016 01:07 PM

A Lakeville man has been charged after police say he threatened a Charter Spectrum Communications employee who came to the area to fix an internet cable line that had been cut during a feud between neighbors.

At the end of June, a harassment restraining order was issued that prevented 53-year-old Michael John Jackson of Lakeville from harassing his two neighbors. Police say the feud had been escalating since December 2015, when one neighbor shot Jackson’s daughter’s dog. The neighbor tells the dog was shot because it was attacking their livestock on their property.


On July 30, police were called to Jackson’s home on a report of an incident involving a shotgun. Jackson is listed as living on the 16500 block of Linch Path in Lakeville.

The victim is a Charter Spectrum Communications employee who said he was called to the area to fix a cable line. The neighbors called to have the line fixed and said they believed Jackson cut the cord because he had done the same thing a few weeks prior, according to the criminal complaint.

The Charter employee said Jackson approached him when he showed up at the property. The employee asked Jackson if he cut the cable with his lawnmower, and Jackson said, “No, I did not; I did it on purpose,” according to the criminal complaint.

Jackson told the employee to get off his property, but the employee said he had a right to be there and access the utility box.

The argument escalated, and the Charter employee called 911. The employee said Jackson then went into his house and came out with a shotgun, which he shook in the air.

The Charter employee got in his van and drove away until police arrived.

Police arrived, seized the shotgun and arrested Jackson. In a statement to police, Jackson said the victim “couldn’t wait to leave” after he saw the shotgun, according to the complaint.

Jackson was charged Aug. 2 with threats of violence, damage to energy transmission/telecommunications equipment and violating a restraining order.

If convicted, he faces up to five years in prison and $10,000 in fines on the threats charge; up to five years in prison and $10,000 in fines on the property damage charge; and up to 90 days in prison and $1,000 in fines on the restraining order charge.

His next court appearance is scheduled for Nov. 2.


Jennie Lissarrague

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