Reporting Maria Medina
SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — A Sacramento man who was arrested for allegedly tormenting his neighbors for years seems to be at it again. Joe Ongaro put up a swastika flag in his window to stop renters from moving in next door, and is now accused of coming up with a new tactic.
Russell Nickell is living a nightmare that he says his neighbor is not only behind, but won’t put an end to.
“He thinks it’s cool, he’ll just keep doing it,” says Nickell.
For years, Joseph Ongaro has been accused of harassing Russell’s daughter and her family before they moved out; allegedly poisoning their dog, pouring acid on their truck and then ripping out their surveillance cameras. Then in January when the family put the home up for rent, up went a swastika flag in Ongaro’s window.
“They couldn’t rent it, they’re trying to sell it now, and he’s trying to prevent the sale of the home,” says Nickell.
Just one month after Ongaro’s arrest for vandalism and violating a restraining order the family filed, a delivery truck stopped in front of Russell’s home and dumped two mounds of rocks.
“I just saw Joe come out and thought ‘Oh no’,” said Nickell.
Nickell says Ongaro tied the delivery with a bow, using two trash bins and a piece of caution tape.
Ongaro wasn’t home when CBS13 cameras tried to contact him, but he did pick up his phone and said that he had nowhere else to put his stack of sediment, and plans to move it in a few days.
“He should get a life and get a job and go to work,” says Nickell.
Nickell says potential buyers are stopping by to check out his daughter’s Midtown abode, and he now hopes the beauty of the home can overshadow Ongaro’s ugly behavior.
“From the time he gets up I think until he goes to bed, he’s thinking of something he can do to prevent the sale of the home,” says Nickel.