An enraged man with a gun burst from the home of a California couple charged with painting over a Black Lives Matter mural to chase after vandals who spray painted ‘f**k Trump’ and ‘BLM’ on their property, a neighbor exclusively told DailyMail.com.
Nicole Anderson, who was charged with her partner David Nelson with a hate crime on Tuesday for rolling black paint over the mural in downtown Martinez, screamed at the man: ‘Come back inside with that, you don’t want to go to jail!’
He was chasing after the five men who had vandalized the couple’s home and car, writing ‘f**k Trump’ and ‘BLM’, as well as burning rubber from their car tires on the street outside the home.
The neighbor, who asked only to be named as Deana K., said she didn’t get a good look at the gun-brandishing man but presumed it to be Nelson or another family member.
Deana told DailyMail.com that soon after the men began vandalizing the home on Sunday, ‘the [relative] or the partner [started] running down the street with a gun.’
She added: ‘My husband came in and we locked the door because if he shoots at somebody I don’t want it to be us.’
A man burst out of Nicole Anderson’s home with a gun on Sunday to chase off vandals who wrote ‘BLM’ on their property, a neighbor told DailyMail.com. Anderson (right) was charged along with her partner David Nelson (left) with a misdemeanor hate crime on Tuesday for rolling black paint over the mural in downtown Martinez. Anderson screamed at the man: ‘Come back inside with that, you don’t want to go to jail!’
Anderson is seen painting over the yellow letters with black paint on Friday on Court Street in downtown Martinez
Answering the door at Anderson’s home, her uncle Mark (pictured) told DailyMail.com he was a ‘liberal Democrat’ who disagreed with his niece’s actions but added that the vandalism of the family’s car and home was turning him against the Black Lives Matter movement
The man with a gun was chasing after the five men who had vandalized the couple’s home and car, writing ‘f**k Trump’ and ‘BLM’, as well as burning rubber from their car tires on the street outside the home
The neighbor said the man returned to the house after chasing the vandals and the police showed up, arriving within five minutes.
She added: ‘The next day the car was hosed and scrubbed down, though you could still see some white residue.’
Deana said Anderson left with the vandalized red sedan on Tuesday and she hasn’t seen her back since.
Answering the door at Anderson’s home, her uncle Mark told DailyMail.com he was a ‘liberal Democrat’ who disagreed with his niece’s actions, but said the vandalism of the family’s car and home was turning him against the Black Lives Matter movement.
‘I agree with them, I’m a liberal Democrat. I’ve always been a Democrat. But I’m slowly turning the other way because there’s so much hate,’ he said.
‘I’m starting to slowly see the other side, because these people are anti-American.
‘Now I’ve got to pay to put a fence up. Because I don’t know what these people are going to do. They burnt down stores and tear up houses.’
Mark claimed his niece didn’t live at the house, despite Deana telling DailyMail.com she saw her regularly come and go from the property.
Mark said activists also targeted his home after his address, which is linked to Anderson’s, was published online, saying he ‘started getting way too much hate’.
He said the messages were along the lines of ‘Respect our town, you brought this on your own family.’
Mark said: ‘This is the family home. I was raised here, my sister was raised here, my brother was raised here. My dad built the house. We’ve lived here peacefully for many years until now. The hate has turned this street.’
Anderson’s uncle Mark (left and right) said: ‘I agree with them, I’m a liberal Democrat. I’ve always been a Democrat. But I’m slowly turning the other way because there’s so much hate. I’m starting to slowly see the other side, because these people are anti-American’
Anderson was captured on video on July 4 defacing a Black Lives Matter mural in Martinez by painting over it with black paint
Pictured: The BLM mural which was damaged by Anderson has already been restored. The artists were given a permit to paint the street outside the Contra Costa County Court Building
Deana told DailyMail.com she had also heard hateful language from other neighbors on the quiet Martinez street.
‘I’ve heard our neighbors use very derogatory words. I’ve heard them say really bad stuff. It’s very quiet so you can hear when people shout,’ she said.
‘One neighbor, his wife caught him cheating and she called him a ”n***er-lover”.’
Deana said she was shocked by the racist language and said she was very conscious of being a minority on the predominantly white street.
‘We don’t have even one black neighbor in this neighborhood,’ she said. ‘There’s not one. I think the closest thing is a Hispanic family around the corner. Not one African-American person.
‘As a Hispanic woman, a Latina, I don’t agree [with Anderson and Nelson]. Even now I try to keep my distance. I’ve never really spoken to her or her partner.
‘It’s unfortunate that in 2020 people are still having these opinions, especially with everything that’s happening in the world. And that they think that way, it’s very, very sad,’ she said.