Mountain Brook man charged with leaving ‘threatening’ note at salon with rainbow flag


UPDATED 4:55 p.m.: Sgt. Carr confirmed that Wood turned himself in to the Homewood Police Department at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday and is out on bond

HOMEWOOD, Ala. (WIAT) — The Homewood Police Department has arrested a Mountain Brook man who allegedly left a threatening note on the back door of a Homewood hair salon last month for its a rainbow pride flag.

James Willoughby Wood, 83, was charged with a misdemeanor harassing communications, although he had not been arrested as of Wednesday afternoon, according to Sgt. John Carr of the HPD.

On July 1, staff at Salon U in Homewood reported to have found a letter taped to the back door of the building, which read, “This is not San Francisco or downtown Birmingham. This is Homewood which is a religious and family city. We suggest that you remove that flag before it’s too late. We are concerned citizens. Goodbye.”

The day before, owner Issam Bajalia and 11 employees had been in New York City for World Pride Week.

“It hurts your feelings, but then it made us really strong,” Salon U employee Elizabeth Poellnitz told CBS 42 at the time. “We all immediately came together. We are all on the same page of it not being something we are just going to let go away.”

Wood’s bond was set at $300.

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