Man released on $10,000 bond after shooting 6-year-old neighbour
Author: Liss Morales | Wednesday 9th June 2021
6-year-old Kobe from Ypsilanti, Michigan, is recovering after being threatened with a sledgehammer and shot in his arm by his neighbour over the weekend.
Arnold Daniel, father of Kobe, says that his children were out riding their bikes when they decided to stop. They left one of their bikes in front of their neighbours house which Kobe went back to retrieve.
It was at this point that Daniel said the neighbour, who has been identified as Ryan Le-Nguyen, came outside with a sledgehammer and threatened Kobe.
According to Daniel, Le-Nguyen then went back into his home and shot a gun at Kobe through his front window.
Kobe was hit in his arm.
"He tried hitting me with a sledgehammer but that’s not going to work because I’m too fast”, said Kobe.
He added that then Le-Nguyen “got a gun and BOOM shot me right here”, pointing to his arm.
The bullet penetrated Kobe’s arm and went through to the other side. He was rushed to hospital for treatment, where Daniel was told by the doctors that the bullet would have likely killed his son if it had hit him an inch in either direction.
"Right now, [Kobe] is not even processing what happened. He doesn’t realise how close he came to not being here, but I realise it”, said Daniel.
According to Daniel, this is not the first time that Le-Nguyen had caused an issue with his family. He explained that he had caught Le-Nguyen trying to throw one of his children’s bikes away in the past.
Le-Nguyen was arrested and charged with assault with intent to murder.
He was released three days later on a $10,000 bond, and ordered not to return home.
Daniel has been left confused and scared for his family.
"I’m trying to figure out he got a bond so low for trying to kill my kid”, said Daniel.
He also said, “I’m scared for my family because I don’t know what he’s capable of.”
According to FOX 2, an emergency motion to raise the bond to $100,000 has been filed by the prosecutors office.