Denton landlord jailed after video shows tenant being threatened with gun over kitchen use

Phillip Young, 68, admitted to police in an email he was “thinking about” shooting the tenant, authorities said.

A Denton landlord was arrested Wednesday after a video captured him threatening a tenant with a gun earlier this month over “kitchen privileges,” police say.

Phillip Young, 68, was booked into Denton County jail on a charge of aggravated assault. His bail has not been set, and it’s unclear whether he has an attorney.

About 12:40 p.m. Sept. 9, officers were dispatched to the 2000 block of Scripture Street, near Bradley Street, where Young told officers his tenant was trying to use the kitchen of their shared home “without having paid for kitchen privileges.”

Officers spoke with both Young and the tenant, but left because no criminal offense had occurred, police said.

About four hours later, officers were sent out to the home again, this time because the tenant reported Young was threatening him with a gun.

In a video shared online, the tenant records a man from the top of a staircase as the man is seen standing at the bottom holding a handgun in his left hand. When the tenant asks if the man is going to use the gun, he says, “No, I just want to make sure you know it’s here,” and, “I have a right to protect myself.”

Later in the clip, the man is standing over the tenant as the tenant asks, “If I go into the kitchen, are you going to shoot me?” to which the man replies, “We’ll see what I do. … You think you’re so smart, you figure out what I’m going to do.”

Police said Young initially denied threatening or intending to shoot the tenant and refused to show officers the firearm. But in an email sent to detectives Monday, Young “admitted he did think about shooting the tenant,” police said

Young was taken into custody without incident Wednesday morning, police said.

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