A Michigan family is outraged after an Asian man who shot a 6-year-old Black boy was given a low bond and released from police custody. The incident comes amid heightened reporting surrounding anti-Asian hate crimes with many in the Black community questioning the lack of support behind anti-Black crimes from Asians.
Ryan Le-Nguyen, 29, left a little boy injured after he fired a round outside his home in the 1300 block of Candlewood Lane in Ypsilanti Township, MLive reported. Investigators say the 6-year-old was with a group of children who was playing outside.
After Le-Nguyen complained about the noise coming from outside, Ring video captured him firing a shot from a window in his home, WXYZ, the Detroit ABC affiliate, reported.
“He tried hitting me with a sledge hammer but that’s not going to work because I’m too fast. (Then he) got a gun, a shot me right here,” Coby Daniel told Fox 2.
Despite attempting to kill a child, Le-Nguyen was released from jail and given a $10,000 cash bond by Magistrate Elisha Fink. He was only ordered to stay away from the boy’s house.
“I’m trying to figure out he got a bond so low for trying to kill my kid,” the boy’s father, Arthur Daniel, said. “I’m scared for my family because I don’t know what he’s capable of.”
Washtenaw County Prosecutor Eli Savit claims the county asked for a $100,000 cash bond for Le-Nguyen six months after he vowed to reform the bail system and do away with cash bonds in most cases.
Savit has since filed an emergency motion to have Le-Nguyen’s bond increased. It will be heard in front of a different judge Tuesday with support from Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton.
“We owe it to the system and the community we serve, to evaluate whether we are getting those outcomes,” Clayton said. “And if we are not we need to be smart enough and courageous enough to say this is not what we intended, let’s make our adjustments.”