Police arrested a Maryland man after he allegedly assaulted a child and her mother who were trick-or-treating for Halloween Tuesday night, reportedly having “nibbled on” the young girl’s ear, and followed her home when she ran away.
According to a local report, the man tried to force entry into the girl’s home. When the girl’s mother pushed the man, identified as Cedrick Paines, 66, he allegedly pointed a handgun at her and pulled the trigger, but the gun did not fire.
Paines faces multiple charges that include first-degree assault and weapons violations, according to Anne Arundel County police.
Police said that Paines returned home, where officers questioned and arrested him, according to a report by local station WBAL.
“Imagine if the gun went off! That’s crazy,” neighborhood resident Tionna Dennis said, according to WJZ.
“The young kids that want to get dressed up and go knock on doors, they can’t even do that now, because of this,” Dennis said. “And in my own neighborhood? That’s nasty.”
Brianna Herlihy is a politics writer for Fox News Digital.