Teen says board President threatened him and a friend with his gun
By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities
Today I share a stunning example of how power corrupts in homeowners’ associations. In the Mirror Lake subdivision (north of Houston, in Spring, Texas), HOA President David Warner was arrested last week for threatening a teen with his gun.
What prompted this bully behavior?
According to reports, Warner has accused two teenage residents of speeding in their truck in a cul-de-sac and “squealing the tires.”
One of the teens, Chandler King, was interviewed by ABC13 (see the third link below). According to King, there was no speeding that led to squealing of the tires, and the boys did not do anything illegal.
Nevertheless, Kings says Warner threatened him and his friend, who was driving the vehicle at the time.
A KHOU reporter interviewed two neighbors, a woman who noticed the confrontation but passed by in her car without stopping, and a man who says his personal interactions with Warner have been positive.
The KPRC report (by Syan Rhodes) originally posted a video interview of the parents of one of the teens. That video has since been removed.
Ironically, it was Warner who called local police, apparently hoping that the teens would be cited for their reckless behavior. Instead, police arrested Warner for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
Warner has since paid his bond of $30,000, but is scheduled to return for a hearing in January.
The limited details of this story repeat several common HOA themes:
A board member who tends to abuse power and authority
Bystander neighbors who may witness bullying, but choose not to intervene or report the abuse
Intense and emotional conflicts that spiral out of control, sometimes over minor issues
Spring HOA president accused of threatening teens with gun
By Syan Rhodes – Anchor/Reporter, KPRC
Posted: 5:30 PM, December 18, 2017
Updated: 6:12 PM, December 18, 2017
SPRING, Texas – The president of a Spring homeowner’s association has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after allegedly threatening a group of teenagers with a gun.
It happened Friday in the Mirror Lake subdivision.
According to court documents, 40-year-old John David Warner threatened a teen with “imminent bodily injury by using and exhibiting a deadly weapon.”
HOA president accused of pulling gun on teen
Jason Miles , KHOU 6:06 PM. CST December 18, 2017
There’s no apparent evidence of burnt rubber in a cul-de-sac inside the Mirror Lake subdivision in Spring.
But squealing tires is what supposedly set off the HOA president last Friday night.
“I just passed by and went home,” said neighbor Connie Richard. “There was some sort of confrontation, which is very unusual for this neighborhood.”
John David Warner, 40, is now charged with aggravated assault. According to court records, he pulled a gun and threatened at least one teenager.
Warner reportedly said he would put holes in their car, and that next time, it would be worse.
Read more (video):
Gun-toting HOA president jailed after alleged threats
By Chauncy Glover
Monday, December 18, 2017 11:38PM
HOUSTON (KTRK) —
Chandler King said the trouble began when he and another friend were heading to another friend’s house to hang out Friday in the Mirror Lakes subdivision in Spring.
“He went to drive his truck around the block again and the tires squealed,” King recalls.
Police said those squealing tires struck a nerve with 40-year-old John Warner, who lives up the street. He’s also the homeowner’s association president.
Chandler said Warner confronted him first.
“He got in my face and opened my car door like he owns it,” Chandler said. “He got in my face, cussing at me and I was like, ‘I didn’t even do anything, it wasn’t my tires…my friend Hunter was the one driving the truck.’ He was like, ‘Hey, I was the one squealing.'”
Chandler said Warner continued to hassle them, fussing and cussing.
“He was talking about how he was an ex-Marine,” Chandler said.
The teen says Warner then lifted up his shirt to show off a gun he had in his waistband, and threatened to put bullet holes in the teen’s vehicle.
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