US: Man charged with killing former neighbor he allegedly harassed for months

(NY DAILY NEWS) – A California man has been charged in the shooting death of his former neighbour last week after allegedly tormenting the victim and his family for months, eventually forcing them to move.

Jamal Thomas, 43, was charged Thursday with the murder of 44-year-old Miles Armstead last Friday, after the banker, who was expecting his fifth child with his wife, was fatally shot outside his former Oakland home, which he sometimes revisited for upkeep as he planned to sell it, The Mercury News reports.

Thomas was arrested within eight hours of the crime.

In February he was charged for making criminal threats against Armstead but following a not guilty plea, was released on his own recognizance at the of the month.

The issues only escalated from there.

In late March, after Armstead’s pregnant wife made eye contact with Thomas, who was outside, he threw a rock through the family’s window, for which he was charged. At the time, Armstead’s wife — who cut her hand on the broken glass — expressed her concern that Thomas meant to harm their unborn daughter.

Just days later in early April, Thomas was charged for allegedly barely missing Armstead’s head when he threw a brick through the family’s window, which ended up damaging a computer.

Thomas was also charged with being a felon in possess of a firearm, carrying a loaded firearm, carrying a concealed firearm and vandalism.

He has twice been convicted in Alameda County.

In 1995, he was convicted for unlawful driving or taking of a vehicle and again in 2012 for driving under the influence with a blood alcohol level above 0.08.

At the time of publication, a GoFundMe set up by Fremont Bank, where Armstead worked, had raised over $42,000 of a $50,000 goal to help his family move forward.

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