ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – People living in an Albuquerque neighborhood claim a man has terrorized them for years, and he’s still doing it from jail. The letters pile up weekly.
Neighbors said a condo owner at the Winrock Villas Condominiums in northeast Albuquerque, has vowed to make their lives miserable, even from jail.
When 66-year-old David Shaykin comes around the condos, it’s enough to terrify neighbors.
“He has threatened to kill everyone here, especially the board and staff who works here,” Marcy Britton, a resident at Winrock Villas, told KRQE News 13.
Britton has lived there for 10 years, and was a board member of the condominium association. She said Shaykin owns a unit there.
“He seems to be a bit unhinged,” Britton explained. “I’ve been in most of the court hearings, and he makes death threats in open court,” she said. She believes Shaykin needs help, but she’s also worried about residents’ safety.
Shaykin is currently in jail for pointing a gun at his neighbor and two little girls.
His criminal record is extensive. Shaykin has arrests to include harassment, intimidating a witness, battery on a peace officer and assault.
But a jail cell hasn’t stopped Shaykin from writing to his neighbors. Britton said the letters arrive weekly.
In a letter dated last month, Shakin told condo officers, “I have about $900,000 to make all your lifes miserable. I’ll have you in court, and in debt until you are 0. You f***** with the bull, now it’s my turn, I’ll give the HORNS till the day I die!”
The condominium association does have a restraining order against Shaykin, even though he owns one of the properties. Even still, that hasn’t stopped the threats.
Shaykin continued in one letter: “P.S. I’ll never sell but I promise renters out of hell for you all!”
Britton said she believes Shaykin is very capable of violence. “We have a school across the street, there’s a theater, this is a heavily populated, densely populated area,” Britton explained. She’s worried for public safety.
Records show Shaykin has violated court orders to not to return home.
Britton said his threats are escalating. “Game on!! Till death do us part…Kill em all, let God sort em out,” he wrote at the end of the letter.
“I just hope no one ever gets hurt by this man,” said Britton.
Shaykin is currently on a no bond hold in the Metro Detention Center.
Some neighbors have been so scared by Shaykin, Britton said they’ve moved. Others are on a list to be notified immediately if Shaykin gets out of jail. He’s currently awaiting trial.
Jail officials told KRQE News 13, incoming mail to inmates is screened for things such as contraband. However, outgoing mail is normally not screened.
According to jail policy, incoming and outgoing mail is not censored, except where there is a reasonable basis to believe the particular item of correspondence threatens the safety or security of someone or is being used in the furtherance of illegal activities.
According to a jail spokesperson, when a unit officer is considering reading or censoring an inmate’s mail, the following content must be reasonably suspected: Information, which if communicated, reasonably may create a serious danger, violence or physical harm to a human being.