Ex-cop threatened to ‘put a bullet’ in boy’s head: police

A former San Francisco cop threatened to “put a bullet” within the head of an 11-year-old boy for taking part in a doorbell prank at his house, police mentioned.

Dean Taylor, 63, was arrested on Feb. 12 at his residence in San Rafael, California, the place a witness informed cops they noticed an older man “aggressively grabbing” a younger boy earlier than each acquired right into a automobile and drove off, police mentioned.

Investigators later tracked down an 11-year-old boy who mentioned he and his mates had been ringing individuals’s doorbells within the space after which working away earlier than residents might reply.

An older man — later recognized as Taylor — then chased the group on foot earlier than entering into his automobile, police mentioned.

“At one level, the suspect blocked the sufferer’s path along with his car, so he stopped working,” police said in a statement. “The suspect exited his car, started yelling on the sufferer, grabbed him by the neck, and compelled him to the bottom.”

The boy mentioned Taylor then pushed him into his automobile earlier than threatening to kill him – saying he would “put a bullet in his head” if he ever pranked him once more, police mentioned.

Taylor then allegedly dropped the boy off at an intersection in San Rafael. The younger sufferer then ran to his house, the place his mother and father known as police, cops mentioned.

Taylor later informed police he was “fed up” by the group’s actions, alleging that they’d rang his doorbell a minimum of 4 instances. He additionally denied grabbing the boy’s neck or making the menace to place a bullet in his head, police mentioned.

Taylor, who was arrested for kidnapping and demise threats, was charged final week with kidnapping, felony threats, false imprisonment, battery and little one endangerment, the Marin Independent Journal reported.

He pleaded not responsible by means of his protection legal professional and stays free on bail. A choose accredited a restraining order barring Taylor from contacting the teenager and likewise ordered him to give up his weapons, the newspaper reported.

Taylor’s legal professional, Anthony Brass, mentioned the previous cop was recovering from “very painful surgical procedure” on the time of the alleged assault. He labored for San Francisco police for 34 years, ending his profession as an inspector.

“Evidently, this occasion is an aberration for Mr. Taylor, a person with a spotless document who was house minding his personal enterprise struggling along with his painful restoration,” Brass informed the newspaper.

Taylor additionally labored as a boys’ and ladies’ golf coach at San Rafael Excessive College previous to resigning final week following his arrest, faculty officers mentioned.

If convicted, Taylor faces as much as 11 years in state jail, the Los Angeles Times reported.