The Virginia man who has been in hiding ever since news broke that he blared out loud music – complete with the N-word and monkey sounds every time his black neighbor left her house – has finally been spotted after being housebound for several days.
DailyMail.com grabbed exclusive first pictures of John Eskilsden after he was flushed out of the safety of his house when three suspicious packages were delivered to his neighborhood.
But still Eskilsden — who turns 48 next weekend — made no attempt to explain his seemingly racist behavior which has outraged his ethnically-mixed neighborhood in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Nor did his wife Marylou, 48. When DailyMail.com asked the jewelry store clerk if she had anything to say about the heartbreak her husband’s actions had caused, she tersely replied ‘No,’ and got in her car and drove off.
John Eskilsden, pictured, blared out loud music – complete with the N-word and monkey sounds – every time his black neighbor left her house
A screenshot of the video Eskilsden’s neighbor took of him blasting monkey sounds and making racist remarks
Navy veteran Jannique Martinez, pictured, appeared on Don Lemon’s CNN show last week and played video of the blaring lights and obscene chants coming from her neighbor’s home
The case on Jessamine Court has caused nationwide uproar since Eskilsden’s neighbor, Navy veteran Jannique Martinez, appeared on Don Lemon’s CNN show last week and played video of the blaring lights and obscene chants coming from her neighbor’s home.
But Eskilsden refused to answer reporters’ questions — or even come to the door of his 4-bedroom home — as he was pilloried online.
Neighbors told DailyMail.com they hardly ever see him. ‘The only time he ever seems to come out is when he puts out the trash on a Wednesday evening,’ said one.
The rest of the time he hides behind his house’s walls, which are covered by at least six security cameras and signs saying ‘Private Property, No Trespassing’ and ‘Smile, You’re on Camera.’
Although he has now turned off the music and messages following the publicity the case has garnered, outside lights still flash every time a vehicle drives by or a pedestrian passes.
Black Lives Matter protesters who gathered earlier this week added their own messages in chalk on the road outside his house. One said simply ‘Racist,’ with an arrow pointing to the home. Another read ‘Not Today, Satan.’
Pictured: BLM protesters, some armed protesting in front of John Eskilsden’s Virginia Beach home
One of the BLM protesters used chalk to write ‘Not Today, Satan’
Another message written in chalk ‘Racist,’ with an arrow pointing to the home
Black Lives Matter protesters who gathered earlier this week added their own messages in chalk on the road outside his house
A second BLM protest took place on Friday evening.
Little is known about Eskilsden. He has no online profile. He has worked for PetSmart— and was wearing a shirt from the company when he appeared at his door on Friday. He is also believed to have worked in technical support for Canon.
In speeding case from years back, his height was put at 5 ft. 6 in, and his weight at 260 lb.
He and his wife filed for bankruptcy in 2005 when they said they had only $10 in their checking accounts. At the time he said he had a 5-year-old daughter and 3-month-old son. That daughter, Cynthia, is now 22.
The Eskilsden family been associated with the Jessamine Court home for nearly three decades. Public records show it was originally bought in 1995 by John’s father Walter Eskilsden, a Marine who later went on to work for the federal government. Walter Eskilsden died in 2016.
Jannique and Joel Martinez bought the home next door in 2017 for $299,000. They thought they had found the ideal place to live, Jannique told CNN last month.
‘I’m not going to lie, if I had any imagination it would be like this, we would have not bought this house. I would never sign up for this,’ she said.
‘We noticed a little erratic behavior like these blinking lights that are on a sensor. When my family or any other family leaves or returns to their homes, they all start to blink.’
Eskilsden outside of his Virginia Beach home. He has made no attempt to explain his seemingly racist behavior which has outraged his ethnically-mixed neighborhood in Virginia Beach
John Eskilsden’s wife, Marylou Eskildsen, was pictured leaving their home on Friday but made no comment on his behavior
‘When the sensors are activated, loud music begins to play. He switches the music based on the family that is activating the music.’
She had originally told her story to local Norfolk, Virginia, TV station, WAVY.
‘My son is terrified of him. Terrified, terrified,’ she told the station. ‘The N-word situation… they came to me and said, ‘Mom, what’s that?’ I didn’t subject my kids to that. I didn’t think they would ever have to learn what this means…’
Martinez, 41, told DailyMail.com she had nothing to add to what she had told Lemon and WAVY.
She told Lemon that the monkey noises had started when her husband parked his truck on the street outside Eskilsden’s home.
‘Since that day he’s been playing N***** skits that he found online,’ she said. Martinez said he plays skits that say, ‘Black people have nothing better to do but go to a comedy club on a Friday night,” and, ‘Hey everyone, look it’s N***** guy. Everyone say, ‘hi N***** guy.’
Elementary school children gather outside Eskilsden’s home every weekday morning to catch their bus. Parent Davina Stringer told DailyMail.com: ‘I heard South Park play in a loop.’
‘Then it was the monkey sounds and the N word,’ added the mom of children aged 8 and 6.
‘It’s completely inappropriate for children to hear this sort of thing when they are waiting for their school bus.’
A ‘Private Property No Trespassing’ sign on the front lawn of Eskildsen’s property
Pictured: a sign that reads ‘Smile You’re on Camera’ at John Eskilsden’s and wife’s Marylou Eskildsen home
One of six visible surveillance cameras at John Eskilsden’s and wife’s Marylou Eskildsen home
Neighbors expressed their anger towards Eskilsden, his loud music and security cameras. We are all on surveillance 24/7 with cameras in every direction of his home,’ said Martinez.
Another neighbor who declined to give her name said: ‘My husband went over to ask him to turn his music down. He wouldn’t even come to the door. Not only is he an a**hole, he’s a coward too.’
Police have told Martinez and other neighbors there is nothing they can do about his messages.
The Virginia Beach Police Department tweeted out a message saying ‘As appalling and offensive as the neighbors’ behaviors are, the city attorney and Virginia magistrates have separately determined that the actions reported thus far did not rise to a level that Virginia law defines as criminal behavior.’
‘This means that VBPD has had no authority to intervene and warrants were not supported.’
‘We will closely monitor the situation, investigate complaints and, within the limits of the law, help this family with this most unpleasant situation.’
Pictured: victim Jannique Martinez and Virginia Beach Police officers in front of her Virginia Beach home
Virginia Beach Police officers and Bomb sniffing dogs responding to suspicious packages delivered in the John Eskilsden and Jannique Martinez’s Virginia Beach neighborhood
But action may be coming. Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring told the Washington Post ‘the situation is ‘unacceptable and will not be tolerated.’
He said his Office of Civil Rights has been in touch with Martinez’s family and is working to put a stop to the alleged abuse.’
‘Any race-based harassment and discrimination in housing is illegal in the Commonwealth, and my team and I will take any and all measures to assure that it does not happen in Virginia,’ Herring said.
‘No one should ever feel uncomfortable or in danger within their own home because of the actions of their neighbors.’
And on Friday afternoon cops turned up after USPS delivered suspicious packages to three of the four homes on Jessamine Court — including both Eskilsden’s and Martinez’s.
Two bomb sniffing dogs were brought in to assist as officers went door-to-door before finally ripping open one of the packages and finding it contained wadding paper and an empty black box from Boca Raton, Florida, company BOD Luxury Gifts.
Police said: ‘There was a call for service regarding suspicious packages. It was not a bomb scare. The case was cleared out no report after rendering assistance.’