ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — There are bad neighbors, and there are neighbors so awful that the folks living nearby are willing to go to court to keep them far away.
David Shaykin falls into the latter category.
A state court judge Monday entered restraining orders against Shaykin, 66, in two separate civil cases, ordering him to keep his distance or face legal consequences.
One involved death threats against a salesman who complained to Shaykin when he didn’t get full payment after delivering a manufactured home. The other involved the homeowners association of an Uptown condominium complex in which Shaykin owns a unit, where he allegedly has waged a campaign of terror against residents he didn’t like and some who didn’t know him at all.
Second Judicial District Judge Valerie Huling granted a two-year order to the Winrock Villas Condominium Association requiring Shaykin to stay at least 500 feet away after the association attorney, Blair Dunn, called witnesses to describe the threatening conduct.
Neither Shaykin nor his attorney showed up. Shaykin’s lawyer had filed a motion to dismiss, saying the complaint before Huling was enough like another lawsuit assigned to a different judge that the group was engaging in judge shopping.
On Monday, the site manager of the complex told the judge about having been warned that Shaykin could be angry and threatening, and that she should be cautious, and about frequent letters and notes the condo management office received from him.
One note she saw him post said, “Some people are alive simply because it’s against the law to kill them.”
Another sent to the homeowners association said, “Eat (expletive) and die you scum bags. See you in the courts and the funny papers.” The letter had a logo, “National Order of Trench Rats,” with an image of a rat holding a frog.
Still another handwritten letter placed into evidence, on Cities of Gold casino hotel stationery, promised “renters out of hell for U all!”
The on-site manager said Shaykin delivered on that promise in the form of a renter who was charged with stabbing an upstairs neighbor because he thought the neighbor had “snitched” about a pit bull living with him in Shaykin’s unit. The renter subsequently has failed to appear since being released in the criminal case.
In July 2014, another neighbor contacted police to say that when he stepped outside his condo with his daughters, ages 11 and 10, and said, “Hey, neighbor” to Shaykin, Shaykin “spun around and pointed a revolver” at them, a criminal complaint says. The dad and his kids jumped back into their apartment, and Shaykin got into his vehicle and drove away.
Shaykin was charged with assault, child abuse and being a felon in possession of a firearm based on a conviction in a 2010 case for bribery or intimidation of a witness.
In December 2014, the court set a $50,000 cash bond with the notation that Shaykin had fled to Arizona while the case was pending.
Shaykin posted the bond and agreed to stay away from witnesses and victims and to follow pretrial services orders regarding treatment and counseling, as well as to stay at least 100 yards away from Winrock Villas Condos, among other requirements.
He was rearrested in February 2015 but fared so poorly in custody that his attorney asked for him to be moved or released.
His attorney said in a motion that Shaykin, an Army veteran who served in Vietnam, had sustained nerve and lung damage from exposure to Agent Orange and suffers from additional medical problems, as well as various mental health diagnoses, including manic depression and schizophrenia, that require treatment.
The Metropolitan Detention Center failed to provided necessary prescription medications to treat his many health issues, and Shaykin was subject to retaliation – treatment that constituted cruel and unusual punishment, his lawyer said.