Neighbor from hell arrested

By John Turchin, Crime Specialist, jturchin@local10.com
Published On: Jan 28 2014 06:25:43 PM EST
Updated On: Jan 29 2014 12:35:23 PM EST

The man dubbed the “Neighbor from hell,” has been arrested, again.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. -

The man dubbed the “Neighbor from hell,” has been arrested, again.

Mitchell Igelko was picked up at his mother’s home in Coral Gables early Tuesday morning after a warrant was issued out of Lee County.

Igelko is charged with stalking and violation of a domestic violence injunction after allegedly violating his parole.

According to the arrest affidavit obtained exclusively by Local 10, the 49-year-old violated a protection order. Local 10 has learned that the order involves a woman with whom Igelko once shared an intimate relationship. That woman would later ask the courts to order Igelko to stay away from her, insisting he was harassing and stalking her. The court complied.

According to the A-form, the lawn maintenance entrepreneur violated that order several times in the past year. Records show that Igelko called the woman numerous times, on occasion leaving her voice messages. In fear for her safety, that woman hung up and eventually contacted detectives.

Last month Igelko pleaded no contest to criminal mischief and stalking in another matter. In that case, his neighbors had alleged Igelko had terrorized them during the past four years. They claimed he repeatedly unloaded a barrage of nails on their driveways, sprayed poisonous chemicals on their lawns, egged their homes and hired other people to smash car windows, douse vehicles with gasoline and blow up boats in the neighborhood.

Instead of going to prison, Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Nushin Saydie sentenced Igelko to five years probation, ordered him to wear a monitoring device and make restitution.

Igelko is currently being held at the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center in Miami. A judge will soon decide whether he will remain locked up.

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