Cops: Man threatened murder over a parking dispute

Posted: February 07, 2014

GORDON GRIFFITH has a makeshift sign on his Upper Darby house with a picture of a handgun and the words We don't dial 9-1-1, according to police.

But dial 9-1-1 is exactly what Griffith did Monday, to complain about his neighbor's parking job,telling the dispatcher that he'd kill the woman if she ever parked like that again, said Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood.

Now, Griffith faces terroristic-threats charges for the bizarre 9-1-1 call, which cops say is all on tape.

"I'm not a psychologist, but for his actions to be wacky enough to call 9-1-1 and tell them he's going to kill someone, that ain't good," Chitwood said.

According to police, Griffith has had an ongoing dispute with his neighbor, who he thinks parks her car too close to his mother's vehicle.

The dispute came to a head about 7 p.m. Monday, when Griffith, 50, dialed 9-1-1, told his situation to the dispatcher and went on to say that if his neighbor parked like that again, "he would kill her, and he also threatened to kill her if she called police," Chitwood said.

When police arrived at Griffith's home, on Millbank Road near Ruskin Lane, they were surprised to see the sign.

"This guy comes out, and on his hip he's carrying a .40-caliber firearm," Chitwood said.

Police checked and found that Griffith has a concealed-weapons permit.

"He has no prior record," Chitwood said. "Well, he had no prior record until Monday."

Police said they obtained a warrant for Griffith's arrest and confiscated three handguns and three rifles from his home. They are moving to have his weapons permit revoked.

After being charged with terroristic threats, Griffith was remanded to the Delaware County Prison in lieu of $20,000 bail.

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