Steamboat Springs A man was arrested early Friday morning for threatening his neighbors with a knife after believing they racially slurred him.
Richard Lee Prejean was charged with felony menacing and had bond set at $5,000 in Routt County Court. He stated in court Friday afternoon that he was not able to pay that amount.
Prejean, a 55-year-old Hispanic, told police he overheard his neighbors at Walton Pond apartments having a discussion about racism, Steamboat Spring Police Sgt. Joel Rae said.
Rae, who was reading from the police report, said the neighbors said they were having a philosophical conversation about the differences in racial equality and the way that racism has changed over the years.
Prejean claimed that the conversation was derogatory towards blacks and Hispanics. He knocked on his neighbors' door and allegedly stood outside with a Bowie knife and yelled, Rae said.
"He said he would kill them for talking bad about Mexicans," Rae said.
The neighbors then called police at 12:17 a.m. Two Steamboat Springs police officers and one Routt County deputy responded.
Rae said the police report stated that Prejean was intoxicated, but there was no record of a blood test.
Prejean was arrested and spent the night at the Routt County Jail.
Prejean's next court appearance will be 1 p.m. Wednesday.