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Fright Night: New York Man Points Gun at 6-Year-Old Boy After Halloween Candy Mix-Up, Police Say

N.Y. Man Allegedly Points Gun at 6-Year-Old Over Candy Mix-Up: Police
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Michael Wen told the boy to 'get the f*** off my property' while allegedly pointing a gun at his head, police said.

Nov. 1 2023, Published 9:03 a.m. ET

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A New York man is facing several charges after he allegedly pointed a gun at a 6-year-old child after a Halloween goody bag was accidentally left on his porch, according to authorities.

Around 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 28, police said a mother was driving her three kids and nephew to a home in Manhasset so her 10-year-old daughter could drop off a goody bag to her friend’s house, the Nassau County Police Department said.

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The girl and her 6-year-old brother got out of the vehicle and approached the house of 43-year-old Michael Yifan Wen.

The kids rang the doorbell and left a bag full of Halloween candy on Wen's front porch before returning to the car, officials said.

As the family was driving driving away, however, the daughter realized she had the wrong address, so they returned to the house. When the 6-year-old boy went up to the porch to retrieve the goody bag, police said, Wen allegedly opened the front door, stepped out of the house and pointed a handgun at the child’s head.

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According to court documents obtained by WNBC, Wen allegedly yelled “Get the f*** off my property” at the boy.

The boy returned to the vehicle and his mother contacted police. Wen was then arrested without incident, officials said.

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He faces charges of menacing, and endangering the welfare of a child.

Court documents show Wen claimed to police he “just wanted to scare them.”

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"I think what happened yesterday was totally a misunderstanding and a mistake," Wen’s attorney William Zou told WLNY-TV. "He and his family have been terrorized recently by constant banging on his door. He just opened the door, reacted strongly, told the person to get away from his property. By the time he realized it was a kid, he started to regret."

Wen pleaded not guilty at his recent arraignment. He was ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation and attend an anger management class, officials said.

He is due back in court on Nov. 13.


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