Ex-cop made demise risk to boy after prank, prosecutors say

A former police officer has been charged with a number of crimes after authorities say he made demise threats towards an 11-year-old boy who performed a doorbell prank on the man’s San Rafael, Calif., home.

The boy and a few pals spent the night of Feb. 12 ringing doorbells and operating away, police said in a information launch.

The group rang the bell on the dwelling of Dean Taylor a minimum of 4 instances, the person informed San Rafael police. Taylor was attempting to sleep after enduring a “painful surgical procedure,” his lawyer, Anthony Brass, stated.

When the kids rang his bell once more, Taylor, 63, informed police he opened the door and chased them on foot. Although the boys scattered, Taylor bought right into a dark-colored automobile and continued his pursuit.

When he got here throughout one of many juveniles, an 11-year-old whom police didn’t determine, the boy stated, Taylor jumped out of the automobile and commenced yelling at him earlier than grabbing him by the neck and forcing him to the bottom.

A neighbor referred to as 911 to report an older man yelling at a boy and “grabbing him aggressively” earlier than they each bought right into a automobile.

The boy informed police that Taylor stated he was going to drive him to his mother and father’ home and that if he ever pranked him once more, he would “put a bullet in his head.”

Taylor, a 33-year veteran of the San Francisco Police Division, then dropped the kid close by, and the boy ran dwelling to his mother and father, who referred to as police.

One other father or mother referred to as police to say that considered one of her son’s pals had been chased by a person who lived within the space.

When police arrived at Taylor’s dwelling to query him, he informed officers he had chased the kids and had informed one of many boys he would take him dwelling. He denied grabbing the kid across the neck or threatening to kill him, police stated.

Taylor was arrested and booked within the Marin County Jail earlier than being launched on $100,000 bond the next day.

He has been charged by the Marin County district lawyer’s workplace with making legal threats, false imprisonment by violence, kidnapping, and unjustifiable bodily ache or psychological struggling on a toddler.

Taylor faces as much as 11 years in state jail if convicted as charged, stated Deputy Dist. Atty. Leon S. Kousharian.

The encounter was an “aberration” for a person “with a spotless document who was dwelling minding his personal enterprise struggling together with his painful restoration,” Brass stated.

For almost 4 years, Taylor coached golf and basketball at San Rafael Excessive College, till his resignation on Feb. 16. Whereas on the San Francisco Police Division, he was an officer and inspector, based on a spokesman with the division.