06/03/2014 02:24 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Man Threatens Neighbor Over Bike-riding Lesson: Cops

A Minnesota man faces second-degree assault and terroristic threat charges after allegedly threatening a neighbor with a shotgun over the way the neighbor was teaching his 7-year-old daughter to ride a bike.

When Gary Drake, 61, yelled some tips from his driveway on May 25, the neighbor told him, "I've got it."

That got Drake mad, according to the criminal complaint, and he allegedly responded: "If you don't like my advice, get off my street."

The neighbor told Drake that he didn't own the street in Rosemount and that the lesson would continue, reports.

As the bike lessons went on, Drake became increasingly agitated that his advice was ignored.

So he went inside and came back out with a long-barreled gun and allegedly threatened the father and his 7-year-old daughter.

Drake's wife eventually pulled the gun away and dragged him inside the house.

A few moments later, he was back outside. As the neighbor and his daughter walked away, Drake allegedly said, "I'm going to kill ya," CBS Minneapolis reports.

When police arrived on the scene, Drake allegedly told them he didn’t like how the neighbor treated his daughter.

Drake also said he had been drinking but denied alcohol had anything to do with what the complaint refers to as "poor decision-making," according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

Drake said that perhaps he should have been more drastic.

"Maybe next time. I should have shot him," MyFoxTwinCities reports.

His wife told police she tried to stop her husband and she gave them the shotgun and another rifle.

Drake is free on bail and is due for a court appearance on Aug. 11.


Complaint against Gary Drake

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