MANHASSET, N.Y. (TCD) — A 43-year-old man stands accused of pointing a gun at a 6-year-old boy who went to retrieve a goody bag that he and his sister accidentally dropped off at the wrong address over the weekend.
According to a news release from the Nassau County Police Department, on Saturday, Oct. 28, at approximately 7:25 p.m., a 42-year-old mother drove her three children and nephew to 138 Rockcrest Road to drop off the Halloween goody bag at her daughter’s friend’s house. At the home, the woman’s 10-year-old daughter and 6-year-old son reportedly walked up to the house, rang the doorbell, and left the candy goody bag on the porch.
Police said the family drove down the block when the daughter realized they dropped off the candy at the wrong home. They reportedly went back to 138 Rockcrest Road to retrieve the goody bag.
The 6-year-old boy got out of the vehicle and approached the front door when Michael Wen allegedly “stepped out of the house and pointed a black handgun at the victim’s head.”
According to court documents obtained by WABC-TV, the 6-year-old boy told police Wen swore at them to leave his property.
Police arrested Wen without incident on charges of second-degree menacing and endangering the welfare of a child.
Wen reportedly told police, “I just wanted to scare them.”
He was arraigned on Sunday, Oct. 29, and pleaded not guilty. WABC reports that Wen will go through a court-mandated mental health evaluation and will attend an anger management class.
Wen is scheduled to appear in court again on Nov. 13.