ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — An HOA president is facing criminal charges for threatening a father and his son with a gun in an Orange County neighborhood.
The incident comes amid the fallout over the death of Trayvon Martin. George Zimmerman said he was acting as a neighborhood watch volunteer when he shot the teenager.
Police say the HOA president used a gun to threaten the two in an Oakland neighborhood. Officials say the HOA president believed the two were trespassing.
According to the police report, the man was yelling at people and cursing at them to slow down as they were trying to drive out of the gated community.
Michael Hudzik is the 65-year-old president of the homeowner’s association for the upscale John’s Cove community. But people who live there have doubts about his leadership.
“He doesn't know how to handle the position; he doesn't know how to be president in the community... He's very rude and disgusting,” said one neighbor.
The resident didn’t want to be identified because she fears retaliation, especially after hearing about Hudzik’s arrest Tuesday night.
A father and his young adult son had been visiting a neighbor and riding jet skis on the community lake. When they started to drive out of the neighborhood, Hudzik allegedly screamed at them. The father and son say Hudzik then pulled out a gun and threatened to shoot the father.
Several neighbors say Hudzik has a short temper and is constantly yelling at people. No one answered when a WFV news crew knocked on his door.
A few neighbors told WFTV they knew Hudzik carried a gun, and now they are concerned.
“Do you think it could escalate to the point like we saw in Sanford?” WFTV reporter Jeff Deal asked. “Trayvon Martin? Yes, definitely. Someone needs to stop him now,” responded neighbor Shelby Clay.
Some residents told WFTV they hope after this incident, he’ll be voted out as HOA president. Hudzik faces a charge of aggravated adult with a deadly weapon. He is out of jail on a $5,000 bond.