Man disrupts Rio Rancho neighborhood with degrading signs

Posted at: 07/14/2014 9:30 PM
Updated at: 07/14/2014 10:19 PM
By: Caleb James, KOB Eyewitness News

Folks in one Rio Rancho neighborhood say watching the decline of one property is leaving them feeling pretty helpless.

Over the past couple of months, the man who lives in one house has started displaying signs that are anti-woman, building makeshift forts and even a bizarre lookout tower on top of his house.

"Twenty-one years," said one neighbor. "We've been friends for a long time."

It's a long time to live in the same neighborhood. The neighbor didn't want to show her face, but she says the man who lives in the house used to be her good friend -- for years.

"He went through a bad breakup several years back, and has a lot of anger toward women," she said.

She says she and the other women on her block don't really know what to make of the recent behavior from a man they've lived side-by-side for two decades.

His house is covered in signs degrading toward women. The street out front suddenly turned into a little fortress, a lookout tower suddenly showed up on the roof.

"We try not to give him any negative attention or rise to it," she said.

That's the general feeling in the neighborhood - everyone KOB talked to says, they'd rather not get involved in the spectacle - but it doesn't exactly make them feel safe.

In fact, it worries them.

"It's sad because he's a good person," she said.

They just don't really know how to make it better.

On Friday, one of those neighbors called police about the stuff blocking the street and Rio Rancho Police moved it back onto the man's private property.

He didn't answer the door for officers or KOB.

But his neighbors say they're just worried, not really about the eyesore, but about his safety.

Those neighbors tell us they feel stuck because that man is an adult, and they don't know where to turn to get him some help if he needs it.

They realize other folks in other towns might be in a similar spot. There are local resources available for folks who have questions about the safety of friends and family.

These are a few:

UNM Hospital

New Mexico Crisis Line

Statewide - Hotline: 1-855-NMCRISIS or (1-855-662-7474).

The crisis line is staffed by mental health professionals 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Therapeutic Living Services

UNM Women's Resource Center