CHICKASHA, Okla. – One can only imagine the extremes some landlords are forced to go to in order to collect monthly rent. But according to police, one landlord in Chickasha went too far.
62-year-old Rodney Kreger was arrested after allegedly asking for his tenant’s money at gunpoint.
Chickasha police officers say they’ve never heard a story like this one.
Major Elip Moore says, “Whatever frustration he might have wasn`t worth going to jail over.”
Tenant Jacob Woods says, “He held his gun at me and said, `Give me the money right now!` and I was like here, take it!”
Jacob Woods was a little late on his payment Wednesday morning, but didn’t expect things with his landlord to go south so quickly while paying this month’s rent.
Woods says he isn’t sure how his relationship with his landlord went sour, especially since they got along when his family first moved in.
“Then all of a sudden he just turned on us,” says Woods.
Woods says it might be the sound of his loud vehicles across the street, or the commotion he makes coming home from late night shifts. Whatever it is he’s been given 30 days’ notice to get out.
But he’s not the only one.
Neighbor Angela Minter says, “He came out of jail yesterday and came straight over here and told us we were evicted.”
Kreger didn’t give Minter a reason why but she thinks it’s her friendship with Woods.
Both Minter and Woods say being evicted might be a blessing in disguise.
For months they’ve been dealing with bed bugs and holes in the roof.
Woods says, “I’m surprised these houses aren’t condemned.”
They say none of this is worth $300 a month.
“We have nowhere else to go now,” says Minter.
Kreger denied the entire story to Newschannel 4.
He did the same with police when they first responded, but then later admitted to threatening Woods with his pistol.