THE St Louis “Ken and Karen” who pulled guns out on Black Lives Matter protesters allegedly challenged a neighbor at gunpoint over a land dispute.
Mark, 63, and Patricia McCloskey, 61, have been in a long-running legal dispute with the trustees of their private Portland Street community over a small patch of land, the New York Post reported.
The argument reportedly concerns a small triangle of land near the couple’s house that they claim they have owned since 1988, but the trustees said it belongs to the neighborhood.
The outlet reported that an affidavit filed in the case included words by Mark, which said that he and his wife “regularly prohibited all persons, including Portland Place residents, from crossing the Parcel including at least at one point, challenging a resident at gunpoint who refused to heed the McCloskeys’ warnings to stay off such property.”
The incident took place in either 1988 or 1989, the Post reported that the couple’s attorney, Albert Watkins, said.
On the day of the occurrence, Patricia McCloskey reportedly heard a noise at night and saw someone cutting through the piece of land.
Watkins told the outlet: “She looked down, had a gun and screamed for the person to stay off her property.”
The Post reported that the attorney said “the person” in question was a neighbor, who is now the couple’s friend.
Watkins also told the outlet that the couples have only “touched their weapons” twice in their life – in the previous incident and Sunday’s altercation with Black Lives Matter protesters.
Over the weekend, the pair pulled out a handgun and a loaded barrel gun to “intimidate” protesters after seeing that some were armed in the crowd.
The couple confronted the group of about 500 protesters after they broke down a gate in the neighborhood, according to NBC News.
In a video posted on Twitter, the man can be seen pointing a rifle at protesters, while the woman holds a gun and speaks with the passing crowds.