A boy from Ypsilanti Township is recovering after being threatened with a sledgehammer and then shot as he retrieved his bike from his neighbor’s front yard.
Arnold Daniel says his kids were outside on their bikes on Candlewood Lane in Ypsilanti Township when they stopped their bikes and left one of them in front of a neighbor’s home.
When Coby went back to get his bike, Daniel said the neighbor came out with a sledgehammer in his hand and said something to the boy. Daniel said he didn’t know exactly what was said but knows his son said something back.
After that, the neighbor went back inside and Daniel said he shot a gun through the front window, hitting Coby in the arm.
“He tried hitting me with a sledgehammer but that’s not going to work because I’m too fast. (Then he) got a gun and BOOM shot me right here,” Coby said.
The bullet went through the boy’s arm and he was rushed to the hospital. Daniel said the doctor told him that had the bullet been an inch in either direction it likely would have killed Coby.
The young boy is home from the hospital and expected to be okay.
According to Daniel, they’ve had issues with the neighbor in the past including one time where he saw the neighbor trying to throw one of his child’s bikes away.
The Washtenaw County Sheriff arrested the neighbor, who was identified as Ryan Le-Nguyen. He was charged with assault with intent to murder.
Three days later, he was released on a $10,000 bond. Daniel is angry and confused.
“I’m trying to figure out he got a bond so low for trying to kill my kid,” Daniel said.
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