A Creve Coeur man aimed a handgun at a 7-year-old girl’s head when she and her father came trick-or-treating Monday night, and asked if she wanted to die, police said.
The gun only fired BB pellets, two knives that Garrett Spencer also wore on his belt were folding knives and Garrett, 25, told police he was just pulling a “Halloween prank,” village Police Chief Dale King said Tuesday.
“He’s got a different sense of humor than anyone else,” King said.
A Tazewell County prosecutor cited mental harm the young girl may suffer, "especially every Halloween," when he asked a judge to set bond at $10,000 on two misdemeanor charges filed in court Tuesday.
It was granted. Spencer will next appear in court Nov. 16 on charges of aggravated assault and disorderly conduct.
Wearing an “Anonymous” face mask, Spencer told the girl he wasn’t taking part in the night’s tradition when she and her father came to his door at 410 Dempsey St. shortly before 7 p.m., King said.
He then pulled an air-powered BB gun from is rear waistband and aimed it at the girl's head, King said.
“Do you want to die?” Spencer asked the girl before ordering her and her father off his property, King said.
The father grabbed his daughter, fled and called the police, who arrived and ordered Spencer to come from his home.
He refused to raise his hands to show he was not armed and to lie on the ground, but otherwise was non-combative and did not appear to be intoxicated, King said.
He was booked into Tazewell County’s jail on misdemeanor charges of aggravated assault, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. Formal charges were expected to be filed in a bonding court appearance later Tuesday.
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