A Long Island man, Michael Yifan Wen, was arrested in Manhasset, New York, after allegedly pulling a gun on a child who was attempting to deliver a Halloween gift to the wrong house. The incident occurred on Saturday evening when a mother was driving around the neighborhood with her three children and nephew. The 10-year-old daughter and her 6-year-old sister mistakenly left the gift at Wen’s home, believing it to be their friend’s house. When the younger sister returned to retrieve the bag, Wen opened the front door and pointed a black handgun at her head.
Details regarding the motivations and the events that transpired are currently unclear. Wen was arrested without incident, and he now faces charges of menacing and endangering the welfare of a child. Menacing is a misdemeanor charge in New York, carrying a potential jail sentence of 90 days to one year, while endangering a child is a class A misdemeanor, punishable by up to one year in jail. Wen pleaded not guilty to the charges and was arraigned at the First District Court in Hempstead on Sunday.
The incident in Manhasset is one of several violent incidents reported over the recent Halloween weekend in the United States. At least eight people were killed in shootings, with 50 more injured. One such incident occurred at a party in Texarkana, Texas, where three individuals were killed during a fistfight that escalated when guns were drawn.