Man pleads not guilty to violating restraining order filed by former landlord
Witnesses: John Peacock set fire to woman's home
Last Updated: 73 days ago
SAN DIEGO - A 65-year-old man pleaded not guilty Monday to a charge that he violated a protective order filed against him by his elderly former landlord.
Last Thursday, the Otay Mesa mobile home of 80-year-old Sarah Erman was burned down, and a short time later, police arrested her former tenant John Peacock at the scene of the blaze for violating the temporary restraining order that required him to stay away from her.
Some of Erman's neighbors told 10News they believe Peacock was responsible for setting fire to the home at Ocean Bluff Mobile Home Park in the 3300 block of Del Sol Boulevard.
Peacock was served with the protective order hours before the fire.
Erman was inside the home when the fire began, and a newspaper deliveryman came to her aid and helped her escape.
In court, the deputy district attorney revealed police responded to a disturbance the night before. He rattled off a long list of run-ins with the law to demonstrate why Peacock was a threat to Erman.
According to a previous restraining order 10News obtained from 2012, Erman listed Peacock as her ex-boyfriend. She claimed he made a mess of her books, her gardening tools, spilled potting soil and even a broke a lawn ornament.
She said he mainly lived in Mexico and took off with her car at one point, leaving her stranded without a way to get to her doctor's appointment.
She also claimed Peacock was mentally unstable and used meth, which only exacerbated his illness.
In other court documents, he admitted to a criminal written threat against a different neighbor back in 2005. It's part of why the judge upped his bail from $10,000 to 25,000 and issued yet another protective order.
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