A 43-year-old man in New York was arrested over the weekend after a 6-year-old boy allegedly mistakenly left a Halloween gift bag full of candy on his porch.
According to a press release from the Nassau County Police Department, a 42-year-old mother from Long Island, New York, took her daughter, two sons and nephew to a house to drop off a Halloween «boo bag.» to her friend.
After arriving at the friend’s house, the woman’s 10-year-old daughter and 6-year-old boy left the candy on the front porch of the house.
However, the 10-year-old girl soon realized that the address she had used for her friend «could have been incorrect,» police said.
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Authorities said the family returned to the home and the 6-year-old boy got out of the car to retrieve the bag of gifts.
Police said when the 6-year-old boy went to retrieve the bag, the front door opened and Michael Yifan Wen, 43, came out and pointed a black handgun at the boy’s head.
Two people close to the family, who did not want to be identified by name, discussed the incident with FOX 5 New York.
«The boy is just traumatized,» a source said. «He couldn’t sleep last night. He was very scary.»
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His attorney, William Zou, told FOX 5 that he had known Wen for two decades and called the incident a misunderstanding. He said his client, a married man and loving father, has been nervous.
«His family was terrified by these beatings. He has three minor children and they were worried that someone might break in,» Zou said. «He is sorry for what happened.»
The 43-year-old man was charged with second-degree menacing and endangering the welfare of a child. He pleaded not guilty at his arraignment on Sunday, October 29.
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Wen’s next hearing is scheduled for November 13.