- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 10, 2016

Three men have been charged in Georgia after one of them allegedly pulled out a gun and threatened a homeowner over his pro-Donald Trump sign.

The homeowner, 42-year-old David Grant, said he posted the Trump for President sign in his yard on Woodland Drive in Dalton to show his support for his favorite presidential candidate.

“I’m behind Donald Trump. You mess with Trump, you mess with us,” he told the NBC News-affiliated WRCB.

But on Tuesday, the sign sparked an armed standoff that sent three men to jail.

Mr. Grant said he was outside when he saw the trio walking by. He said one of the men snatched the sign out of the ground and threw it into the street.

“I said you got one choice: Come and fix this sign, or you ain’t going nowhere!” Mr. Grant recalled. “[The man] said, ‘You’re fixin’ to get a cap popped in your [expletive].’ Then he started patting his stomach and started brandishing a handgun.”

Luckily, Mr. Grant’s neighbor was there to witness the incident.

“The neighbor was standing out here beside his driveway and sees the man pull the gun out. My neighbor looks at me dead in the eye and says: ‘I got you, hang on.’ He runs in the house and comes back out with his pistol and he looks at the guy with the other pistol and says: ‘Nobody is shooting him,’ ” Mr. Grant recalled.

He said the men fled while yelling something in Spanish.

“I don’t know what they were saying,” he said.

Alexander DeJesus Moreno, 17; Mauricio Rodriguez-Celestino, 18; and Hector Ayala-Perez, 20, were later arrested nearby on Avenue E, WRCB reported.

Mr. Moreno was reportedly charged with aggravated assault, possession of a firearm without a license, possession of a handgun under the age of 18, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. Mr. Rodriguez-Celestino was charged with making terroristic threats, criminal trespass, and possession of less than an ounce of marijuana. Mr. Ayala-Perez was charged with disorderly conduct, WRCB reported.

All three were reportedly charged with violation of Georgia’s Criminal Street Gang Act.

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