Keys man threatens neighbor with gun during parking dispute, deputies say

Neighbor says Todd Palenchar confronted him about parking outside suspect's home

By Peter Burke - Managing Editor

Deputies say Todd Palenchar pulled a gun on his neighbor during a parking dispute.

KEY WEST, Fla. - A parking dispute in the Florida Keys led to the arrest of a man accused of threatening his neighbor with a gun.

Todd Palenchar, 48, was arrested Monday night after the incident on Stock Island.

Deputies were called to a dispute between a resident and a neighbor just before 6 p.m., Monroe County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Becky Herrin said.

The resident told deputies he was parked in front of Palenchar's home on Suncrest Road when Palenchar came outside and confronted him about parking there. He said Palenchar pointed a handgun with a laser scope at him during the confrontation.

When deputies asked Palenchar about the gun, he told them it was in his waistband, but he denied ever pointing it at his neighbor. Palenchar said he simply lifted his shirt and showed it to the neighbor.

Herrin said several guns were found in Palenchar's home, including a handgun with a laser scope.

Palenchar was arrested on a felony charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He also faces a misdemeanor drug charge after deputies found a pipe with marijuana residue in the home, Herrin said.

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