Watch CBS News

Dispute Over Blown-Over Trampoline Gets Ugly

By Dominic Garcia

THORNTON, Colo. (CBS4) - Russell Cordova says during a recent windstorm his kid's trampoline blew into his neighbor's backyard and they're refusing to give it back.

WIND STORM TRAMPOLINE 10PKG.transfer_frame_623
(credit: Russell Cordova)

Cordova says his neighbors even yelled at his wife when she asked for is back.

"It blows me away. I don't understand what the motive is for them keeping our trampoline," he told CBS4's Dominic Garcia.

WIND STORM TRAMPOLINE 10PKG.transfer_frame_413
CBS4's Dominic Garcia interviews Russel Cordova. (credit: CBS)

According to Cordova, his neighbor claims the runaway trampoline damaged his flagpole and he wants Cordova to pay for it.

WIND STORM TRAMPOLINE 10PKG.transfer_frame_1133
(credit: CBS)

Cordova says he checked with his insurance company, and they said his neighbor's insurance should cover the damage to his flagpole.

"I just don't want there to be anymore confrontation, that's all. This is a simple matter, there should not have been confrontation from the get go… thought it could be easily resolved, but apparently that's not the case," said Cordova.

His neighbor says Cordova's family called him and his wife names and if they want their trampoline back, they can sue him.

WIND STORM TRAMPOLINE 10PKG.transfer_frame_1888
(credit: CBS)

"I don't give a (expletive)," the neighbor told CBS4. "He shows me 1,400 bucks, he can have that trampoline back."

During the exchange, he also made a remark about race.

"Look, if he had acted like a white person he could have gotten it back… it's that simple," said the neighbor.

Cordova says he's called the police several times, but they haven't been able to help. His trampoline is still sitting just on the other side of his fence, but he doesn't think he'll ever get it back.

WIND STORM TRAMPOLINE 10PKG.transfer_frame_323
(credit: Russel Cordova)

"I think they're going to let it sit there a little to taunt us and then take it down and throw it away or something."

Dominic Garcia anchors CBS4 News at 5 p.m. and reports for CBS4 News at 10 p.m. Connect with the Denver native on Twitter @cbs4dom & on Facebook.

View CBS News In
CBS News App Open
Chrome Safari Continue
Be the first to know
Get browser notifications for breaking news, live events, and exclusive reporting.