An Upper Darby man who piled his daughter's belongings in his backyard and doused them with lighter fluid then chased after his neighbor with a nail-filled board after the man took in the daughter he had kicked out, police said.
According to Upper Darby police Superintendent Michael Chitwood, on Tuesday night, Jeremy Davis, 38, kicked his 18-year-old daughter out of the home they share with her mother on Ruskin Lane near 69th Street because she wouldn't give him money from her bank account.
Chitwood said he didn't know how much money Davis allegedly wanted from his daughter but he did say he wasn't seeking it for rent.
When the teen was kicked out, a Good Samaritan neighbor next door took her in with his family for the night, police said. Around 9:30 a.m. the next morning, the neighbor noticed that Davis and the girl's mother were piling all of the teens belongings - including her clothes, purses and bedding - into a pile in the backyard, police said. Davis then doused the pile with charcoal lighter fluid, Chitwood said. He was shirtless while allegedly doing all of this.
The 43-year-old Good Samaritan neighbor went outside to confront Davis. Davis' response was to tell the neighbor "F--- you!" and throw his shoe at him, Chitwood said. Davis then picked up a wooden board with nails protruding through it and tried to attack the neighbor with the board, police said.
When the fight broke up and the neighbor walked away, Davis allegedly ran and punched the man in the head, sending him to the ground. He then pummeled the Good Samaritan and grabbed his testicles before running into the house and retrieving a switchblade knife, Chitwood said. At that point, other neighbors intervened in the fight and police arrived on the scene shortly thereafter.
The fire department was called to the scene to deal with the flammable pile of belongings. Several houses in the rowhome neighborhood were evacuated as a precaution.
"Not only does he throw his daughter out and get in an argument, he endangers an entire neighborhood," Chitwood said. "You set something like that on fire near row homes and you put an entire block at risk with your behavior."
Davis was charged with terroristic threats, possessing instruments of a crime, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and related offenses. He is being held at the Delaware County Prison on $50,000 bail.
"Now he's thrown out of his house," Chitwood said.