Over the weekend, a 6-year-old in New York reportedly mistakenly put a Halloween goody bag loaded with candy on the porch of a 43-year-old man.
A 42-year-old mother from Long Island, New York, reportedly drove her daughter, two sons, and nephew to a house to deliver a Halloween “boo bag” to a friend, according to a news release from the Nassau County Police Department.
The woman’s 6-year-old and 10-year-old daughter dropped off the goodies at the front porch of the friend’s house once they arrived.
The 10-year-old girl quickly discovered, though, that the address she had provided for her buddy “may have been incorrect,” according to the authorities.
The 6-year-old got out of the car to get the goody bag when the family got back home, according to the authorities.
The front door opened, according to police, and Michael Yifan Wen, 43, got out, pointing a black revolver at the 6-year-old’s head. The youngster was going to get the bag.
Two family members who wished to remain anonymous spoke with FOX 5 New York about the incident.
“The kid is just traumatized,” one source said. “He couldn’t sleep last night. It was very scary.”
William Zou, his lawyer, claimed to have known Wen for twenty years and described the event as a misunderstanding to FOX 5. He claimed that his client, a devoted father who is married, had been tense.
“His family was terrorized by this banging. He has three minor kids, and they were worried someone may break in,” Zou said. “He’s regretful for what happened.”
The 43-year-old was accused of second-degree menacing and endangering a child’s welfare. On Sunday, October 29, he was arraigned and entered a not guilty plea.
The date of Wen’s upcoming hearing is November 13.