About a year-and-a-half ago, a Hispanic couple moved to an Indianapolis, Indiana, suburb on Twin Creeks Drive.
What should've been an exciting new chapter for their lives wound up being a period of torment.
Miguel Rios and Luvia Roman were not prepared to live next door to their racist neighbor.
According to Newsweek, a 67-year-old White woman named Vicki New repeatedly harassed the couple. She called child protection services and the health department to their home in attempts to intimidate them.
The "living nightmare" culminated in a combative confrontation where the troubled neighbor threatened to kill them. The altercation was caught on video.
New walked onto the couple's front lawn. She pulled up their "No Trespassing" sign and broke it in half.
When Rios tried to protect himself from New, she yelled:
"Touch me, I'll kill you!"
Roman shared her video on Facebook. From there it was shared across social media.
Watch it here:
Another day, another racist. Angry White woman throws yard signs and threatens to kill Hispanic neighbors Twitter… https://t.co/uVwXjVFHdH— Indivisible Network (@Indivisible Network)1535577410.0
@taryngracia1 @IndivisibleNet I can’t imagine walking around in life with that much rage!— PeaceLove&Outrage🌈💕😡 (@PeaceLove&Outrage🌈💕😡)1535677865.0
New continued her tirade by ripping apart another sign and breaking it in half, while calling the couple "trash."
A voice from across the street can be heard, possibly telling New to calm down. But the riled woman responds by telling the person to go "back in her f**king house" and makes obscene gestures towards the intervening witness.
@AnarchistsAF @philandrosie1 @IndivisibleNet This is so upsetting to me.— BlueWave country maw@mawcountry (@BlueWave country maw@mawcountry)1535739335.0
@IndivisibleNet @MattJorg4543446 Being Mexican I fear this one day will happen and I can’t imagine the heartache I… https://t.co/eoyQsnohGS— Sergio G (@Sergio G)1535580314.0
Previously, a contentious debate over property lines prompted Roman to purchase the signs to mark their yard. Since New agreed to implementing the signs, Roman had police install them on the couple's property.
After returning from dinner on Friday, Rios and Roman discovered the signs uprooted and thrown across their driveway.
Roman re-installed them on Sunday, which led to the altercation with New.
@IndivisibleNet @lnordstrom123 I just dont get it!!! I spent my life teaching children of all races. This is what… https://t.co/1jtUa4epCf— Dennis yazel (@Dennis yazel)1535640905.0
Rios and Roman decided not to press charges because police informed them the case was closed and there was nothing they could do.
"I've had videos for every time we call."
"But, [the police] say they have to catch her while she's doing it, which has never happened."
Fortunately, the couple has the other neighbors' support and they encourage the couple not to move.
"I have seen neighbors that I've never seen before. They stopped by and showed support and I really appreciate it."
@AskLifeY @IndivisibleNet @luvredsox13 We’ve got a lot of growing to do as a country. There will always be differen… https://t.co/7TmK8KszNa— lostinthought.... (@lostinthought....)1535670780.0
But three days after the couple posted their video on Facebook, New was arrested.
Luvia Roman says it "felt great" to finally see Vicki New taken into custody. It all began with a video, shared a… https://t.co/oG0KpSf9ab— Matthew McClellan (@Matthew McClellan)1535603405.0
UPDATE: Vicki New has been preliminarily charged with criminal trespass and battery resulting in bodily injury. https://t.co/FYOeVcwrkT— Indivisible Network (@Indivisible Network)1535581251.0
Roman told RTV6:
"To me it felt great because it's been a long ride. I hate to say it this way, but the wicked witch is gone."
While the incident remains under investigation, New was charged with criminal trespass and battery resulting in bodily injury.
@IndivisibleNet FYI ...in case she gets out...her neighborhood is at the NW corner of 62nd St and Guion Rd. in Indi… https://t.co/SkJQrBrX1r— B BlueTrue#NoKavanaugh #WhatAreTheyHiding (@B BlueTrue#NoKavanaugh #WhatAreTheyHiding)1535680721.0
@ItchieBootie @IndivisibleNet People like her give people like me a bad name. I am not a racist. I am not a hater.… https://t.co/PfSSpWL8za— JustClaudia (@JustClaudia)1535578947.0
New maintains she never struck her neighbor and any video evidence showing her attacking her neighbor is doctored.
New told reporters:
"My neighbor was never struck, and if it's showing that in that manner it's been doctored."
"He lunged at me."
However she failed to address why she was destroying her neighbor's property or trespassing at the time.