Man Accused Of Pointing Loaded Gun At Kids Who Threw Snowballs

By Lauren DiSpirito

BOULDER, Colo. (CBS4) – Police in Boulder have arrested a man on suspicions he pointed a loaded gun at children after a snowball they threw struck his minivan.

The incident happened Saturday afternoon outside the Boulder Korean Church near 35th Street and Madison Avenue.

Boulder Korean Church (credit: CBS)

Boulder Korean Church (credit: CBS)

Police took Richard Nam, 55, of Aurora, into custody after they found a loaded revolver in his vehicle, according to a police report and court documents.

A group of boys told officers they were having a contest to see who could throw a snowball the farthest when one of them hit Nam’s minivan. Nam told police he had gone to the church with his wife to deliver flowers for a wedding. During the ceremony, he was napping inside the vehicle when the snowball strike startled him awake. The children said they were not aware Nam was sleeping inside and did not intentionally strike the vehicle.

Richard Nam (credit Boulder County)

Richard Nam (credit: Boulder County)

Nam told officers he waved the gun in the air to “scare” the children, according to the documents.

The children told officers a different story.

Mike Morquecho, who says his son was among the children targeted, says Nam not only waved the gun, but that he pointed it directly at three children. One boy told police he heard Nam pull the trigger, but the gun did not go off. Two other witnesses backed up the kids’ version of events.

In their report, police state they found bullets loaded in four out of five of the revolver’s chambers. Nam reportedly told officers he keeps the first chamber empty “for additional safety.”

Morquecho told CBS4 he and the children are still terrified by what happened. When the children told him about the incident, Morquecho says Nam took off in his minivan. He was apprehended by police soon after.

“He should have not done that because they were kids,” he said. “Thank God nothing happened, they were just kids being kids playing around with snowballs, their intentions weren’t to disturb the man.”

Nam was taken to the Boulder County Jail. He faces possible charges of felony menacing, reckless endangerment, and child abuse. Nam is due back in court later this week.

Lauren DiSpirito reports for CBS4 News at 10 p.m. She covers breaking news and feature stories along Colorado’s Front Range. Follow her on Twitter @CBS4Lauren. Share your story ideas with her here.

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