Long Island man is arrested after pointing a GUN at six-year-old boy
Long Island man is arrested after pointing a GUN at a six-year-old boy’s head when he mistakenly left bag of Halloween candy on his front porch
- Michael Yifan Wen, 43, is accused of pointing a gun at a six-year-old boy in Manhasset, New York, on Saturday
- The little boy had gone to pick up a bag of candy he’d left on the wrong porch
- Wen was arrested and charged with second-degree menacing and endangering the welfare of a child
A Long Island man has been arrested after allegedly pointing a gun at a six-year-old boy’s head when the child mistakenly left a bag of Halloween candy on his front porch.
The terrifying incident occurred on Saturday at around 7.30pm in Manhasset, New York, when the boy ran back to retrieve the bag he and his sister had dropped at the wrong address.
Michael Yifan Wen, 43, is accused of opening his front door and pointing a black handgun at the child’s head – telling the little boy to ‘get the f*** off my property!’
According to court documents, Wen said: ‘Today I just wanted to scare them.’
He was later seen on camera running out of the police station and into a waiting black car after being charged.
Michael Yifan Wen (pictured) was arrested after he pointed his black handgun at a six-year-old’s head who was on his front porch in Long Island. The boy was picking up a Halloween goodie bag
The unidentified little boy and his sister initially dropped a Halloween candy bag off at Wen’s house as they thought it was their friend’s home. They soon realized it wasn’t and went back
The boy’s mother called the police and Wen was arrested without incident. He was charged with second-degree menacing and endangering the welfare of a child.
On Saturday the unidentified mom, 42, had driven her two sons, daughter and nephew to drop off a bag of candy at a friend’s house.
The mother’s daughter, 10, and son, 6, walked up to the door of the massive house they believed belonged to their friend and rang the doorbell.
They soon realized that had the wrong address and decided to drive back to retrieve the candy bag.
Wen’s attorney William X. Zou revealed that Wen, his wife and three kids had recently been wound-up over ‘a couple’ of incidents where their house doors ‘were banged at midnight and evening’.
‘His three kids were terrified and worried that somebody tried to break their door and break in,’ Zou said.
The attorney also revealed that the night before Wen pointed a gun at the young boy, two people had knocked on the family’s door and ran away.
Unlike this instance, there was no candy left on the doorstep in the previous instances Wen’s attorney referred to.
Parents in the neighborhood said many children were participating in the act of ‘ghosting’ – which is when treats are dropped at friends’ houses.
One neighbor told CBS News: ‘Ghosting, basically, it’s basically like Ding Dong Ditch.’
Wen ran out of the police station (pictured) after he was arrested and charged with second-degree menacing and endangering the welfare of a child
Wen (middle) was arraigned on Sunday morning at First District Court in Hempstead and is expected back in court on November 13
The unidentified victim’s mother said her son was ‘scared for his life’ after Wen pulled the weapon on him.
Wen’s attorney said that what happened was ‘totally a misunderstanding and a mistake’.
Neighbors in the area told ABC 7 how they felt about the scary incident.
‘There’s no reason to point a gun at a 6-year-old’s face,’ one said.
Another neighbor said: ‘It’s horrific. The question is, what happens if it was your child? How would you feel?’
Wen was arraigned on Sunday morning at First District Court in Hempstead and is expected back in court on November 13.
He also had his gun license revoked due to the incident and will have to undergo a court-ordered mental health evaluation and anger management class, according to ABC 7.
DailyMail.com reached out to the Nassau County Police.
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