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Seminole, Florida -- A Seminole man was arrested in Montana Monday after police say he stalked and harassed his former neighbors, an interracial couple, with hate mail for almost two years.

According to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, Allan Dale Richter sent his former neighbors, Amy Query and Nathan Maingi, 20 hate-filled, threatening letters between July 2010 and March 2012. Some were sent by mail and others were left on their doorstep.

"It really triggered every emotion.  It was very scary," Query described.

A break in the case came when a partial fingerprint was lifted from one of the letters that matched those of Richter's, a nearby neighbor of the couple during part of the time in unincorporated Seminole.

"This person walked up to our door.  What else could they do?" Maingi described of the couple's thought process through the ordeal.

The couple says the letters completely changed their lives.  They installed security cameras, didn't trust neighbors, even canceled meetings with business clients out of fear.

They also have a 10-month-old daughter.

"We wouldn't come home after dark.  We always looked around to see who is riding around, walking around the neighborhood," Maingi said.

Richter, 56, was found in Missoula, Montana, where he had recently moved, and is awaiting extradition to Florida. He is being charged with Aggravated Stalking and 18 counts of Generating Obscene Material. All charges have hate crimes attached to them.

Despite living about a block away, the victims say they do not know him.

Investigators say Richter may have seen them as he rode his bike around the neighborhood and his hate may have been triggered by the couple once putting an American and Kenyan flag out in their front yard together.

"It's very scary to know that there are that type of people out there," Query said, adding they didn't move out because they didn't want the same thing to happen to someone else.

"If we ran from this, that answer wasn't going to be found," she said of finding the person behind the pen.

The letters always appeared around holidays, like Christmas, 4th of July, or Father's Day, but deputies aren't sure why.

Richter has a lengthy criminal history of Fraud, Disorderly Conduct, Aggravated Assault and Carrying a Concealed Weapon, but deputies say never any hate crimes.

However investigators tell 10 News he has been in verbal disputes with other neighbors that include racial and religious slurs.

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