An ex-cop threatened to kill a child for ringing his doorbell and running away, authorities said.
Dean Taylor, 63, was charged and accused of chasing an 11-year-old child and his friends down the street after they played ding-dong-ditch at his home, first on foot, and then in his vehicle.
Taylor is a 33-year veteran of the San Francisco Police Department, according to the Los Angeles Times. His attorney said that the encounter was an “aberration” for a man “with a spotless record who was home minding his business struggling with his painful recovery.”
Taylor allegedly blocked the victim’s path with his car, then got out and started yelling at the child. He grabbed the unidentified victim by the neck and forced him to the ground.
Taylor told the victim that he would drop him off at his parents’ house, but if he ever did that again, he would “put a bullet in his head,” according to police.
When police visited Taylor’s home after the child’s parents reported the incident, he answered the door and immediately asked if they were there because of the kids, according to police.
He said the kids rang his doorbell at least four times. He said that he was trying to recover from a “painful surgery,” and he was fed up, according to the Los Angeles Times. He waited inside his door for them to ring the bell again, then chased the children.
Taylor denied grabbing the victim around the neck or threatening him with violence.
Police charged him with making criminal threats, false imprisonment by violence, kidnapping, and unjustifiable physical pain or mental suffering on a child, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Taylor faces up to 11 years in state prison if convicted.