GREENHILLS, Ohio — Police arrested a Greenhills man after neighbors accused him of threatening them with a sword pulled from his cane.
According to police, 46-year-old Valentino Demauro was accused by his neighbors of “casting a curse” over them before pulling a sword from his cane, threatening to “slice [them] up.”
Greenhills resident David Schaible said he saw his neighbor, Demauro, staring at him from his yard. When Schaible confronted him from afar — calling Demauro a “goofball,” he said — that’s when Demauro unsheathed his sword, pointed at Schaible, saying, “I’m going to slice you up, m***** f*****,” Schaible said.
Watch this surveillance video, captured by Schaible, showing a man point a sword in the direction of their house:
Police identified that man as Demauro.
Schaible and his wife, Amy, told police they have had multiple encounters with Demauro leading up to this most recent incident.
After Demauro pulled the sword, David said, “We’ve had problems with ya before. I’m calling police this time.”
The Schaibles also said they have been discovering Voodoo heads scattered around their yard in recent months, but they can’t be sure if Demauro had been placing them there or not.
Police didn't recover the sword shown in the video, according to Demauro's attorney.
Demauro pleaded not guilty on charges of aggravated menacing and carrying a concealed weapon in Hamilton County court on Friday. His bond was set at $10,000.