ZEBULON — A Zebulon couple already awaiting trial on charges of ethnic intimidation now face additional charges of using video cameras to intimidate their alleged victim.
Michael Stanley Mazur and his wife, Anne Marie Mazur, of 205 Dulcimer Lane in Zebulon, were charged Friday with one count each of intimidating a witness, according to records filed at the City County Bureau of Identification.
The Mazurs were first arrested on ethnic intimidation charges on March 28 after their neighbor, Wilbert ONeal, used a camcorder to capture the couple and their children wearing googly glasses to taunt and jeer at him and his wife whenever they went to their mailbox or car, police reported.
Zebulon Police Chief Timothy Hayworth said the origins of the dispute began two years ago with typical neighbor-related issues, including unwanted parking on the grass and a kids ball breaking a window. The dispute continued to escalate between ONeal, who is African American, and the Mazurs, who are white..
Since 2010, Zebulon police have responded to more than 100 calls at the Pineview subdivision involving disputes between Wilbert ONeal and the Mazurs, Det. Ashley Dixon stated in a search warrant application filed Monday at the Wake County Clerk of Court office.
Hayworth said Zebulon officer Robert Prichard cited Michael Mazur more than a year ago, on March 4, 2011, with public disturbance for invoking racial slurs, racial harassment and racial tensions toward his neighbor. A Wake prosecutor dismissed the charge Sept. 12, court records show.
Hayworth said that after Michael Mazur was charged with public disturbance, the couple continued to put on googly eyeglasses and yell slurs at the ONeal family.
Even the children were yelling, the police chief said.
Investigators were able to charge the Mazurs with ethnic intimidation after ONeal used the camcorder to videotape the familys antics.
The Mazurs are scheduled to be in Wake District Court on May 24 for the ethnic intimidation charges, a spokeswoman with the Wake County District Attorneys Office said Monday.
When the Mazurs were arrested on March 28, they were ordered to not have any contact with ONeal in any manner, Dixon stated in the search warrant.
But last week, ONeal told police that the Mazurs had placed video surveillance cameras in their yard to constantly monitor his movements and activity, according to the search warrant. ONeal also told police that Anne Mazur has walked outside holding a hand-held camera in order to create constant harassment and intimidation, the search warrant said.
ONeal told the police that he is in fear for his safety, according to the search warrant
On Friday, police seized four surveillance cameras, a DVR recording system, two digital cameras, a 17 inch flat screen monitor, a .9 mm pistol and a Remington shotgun from the Mazur residence, court records show.
The Mazurs were released from custody at the Wake County Jail Friday after posting an unspecified bond, a jail spokesman reported.
The Mazurs could not be reached for comment Monday.