You know what they say: nothing’s easier than taking candy from a baby. While that may be true, you might want to think twice if that baby’s father owns an AK-47.
According to local reports, 44-year-old Orrin Hager of St. Louis Park, Minnesota discovered that a group of “older kids” had stolen candy from his boy. So, he loaded up his wife and two kids in the car and went driving around the neighborhood to track down the devious candy snatchers.
Hager found a group of kids and got out of the car to confront them. It is currently unclear whether or not these youths were actually the ones who stole his kid’s candy. Hager later told police that the youths were being uncooperative and gave him “attitude,” so he went back to his car and produced an AK-47 from the trunk.
The kids took him pretty seriously, then. The kids fled the scene, but things still weren’t over. Hager got in his car and followed a boy whom he believed had stolen the candy. He eventually gave up the chase, turned around, and returned to his home.
Police had a few questions for Hager, as you might expect. They arrested Hager and confiscated the AK-47, which was unloaded. The police had originally responded to the incident because of a shots fired call, but they later determined that the shots were unrelated to this case.
Hager was released from custody on a $100,000 bond, but he’s still got a long road of legal battles ahead of him. He has been charged with second-degree assault with a firearm, a felony that carries a maximum penalty of seven years in the slammer and a $14,000 fine, and a minimum mandatory penalty of three years in prison and a $4,200 fine.
Things aren’t looking good for Hager. Everybody has a right to defend their child, certainly, but hunting down a couple of kids and brandishing an AK-47 might be what you call overkill.
Hager has admitted that the regrets his actions and he assured police that the kids were never in any danger – the gun was unloaded and he never pointed it at anybody.
What do our readers think about the charges against Hager? Does he deserve jail time for overreacting and threatening a bunch of kids, or is a three year mandatory sentence too harsh for somebody who wasn’t even carrying a loaded gun?
And just in case you were curious, the candy thieves are still at large.