Local man says he was threatened because of his political views

Man says he was threatened over political views (WDTN PhotoMaytal Levi)

WEST CARROLLTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Police are investigating an alleged menacing case after a resident claims two men threatened him on his property because of his political views.

Every weekend since the Ohio Primary, Rick Dobson sets up hundreds of Donald Trump signs in his yard. He tells 2 NEWS that while he was outside on Sunday things turned violent when two men walked by.

That’s when it became argumentative, Dobson said.

“I explained to them it was my property, my private property and the guy pulled a relatively large knife on me,” said Dobson.

Dobson says most of the time the signs will spark a conversation, but this is the first time something like this happened.

“They called me un-American. It was just all over the place with random irrational comments,” he said.

Eventually, Dobson says the two men started kicking his signs down and when he confronted them one pulled out a knife.

Dobson said he didn’t have time to get scared “’cause it was so quick. It was ‘defend yourself or get hurt’,” he said.

While Dobson believes the incident was politically motivated, police say that will be determined in the investigation.

2 NEWS reporter Maytal Levi called several counties in the Miami Valley to find out if they’ve investigated any political-related cases. Montgomery and Miami County report signs have been vandalized or stolen, but nothing violent has been reported.

Dobson feels like his rights were violated.

“In America, we are supposed to have freedom of speech in anybody’s case or cause,” he said.

If you have any information, you’re asked to call police.

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