Ex-cop threatened to kill 11-year-old San Francisco boy who ding-dong-ditched him, police say

Joseph Wilkinson, New York Daily News
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A former police officer told an 11-year-old boy that he would “put a bullet in his head” after the kid and his friends ding-dong-ditched the man’s northern California home, according to authorities.

Dean Taylor, a 63-year-old San Rafael resident, made the death threat Feb. 12, police said in a press release.

The unidentified boy and his friends admitted to ringing doorbells throughout the neighborhood, according to the cops.

After the group ran from Taylor’s house, he chased them down in his car, caught up with one boy, grabbed him by the neck and forced him into the vehicle, police said.

Taylor vowed to “put a bullet” in the boy’s head if he ever caught him ding-dong-ditching again, according to the release. He then dropped the boy off and a random intersection and left him to run home.

Police said Taylor admitted to chasing the children but denied threatening the boy or grabbing him by the neck. Cops said the boy’s neck was noticeably red when they spoke with him.

Taylor, who spent 34 years at the San Francisco Police Department, was charged with kidnapping and death threats. He spent a night in Marin County Jail before he was released on $100,000 bond, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.