East Palo Alto men sentenced to four years for threatening child with gun

2013 incident recorded on cell phone

Two East Palo Alto men who recorded themselves pushing a young boy in the head with a loaded handgun and threatening to shoot him and his father because the father is an alleged gang member were sentenced to four years and four months in state prison on Friday, Sept. 19.

The men also threatened the child with the handgun as one man racked a round in the weapon, according to the cell phone video, the San Mateo County District Attorney's office said.

Wilbert Ard, 28, and Dwayne Anthony Henry, 21, pleaded no contest in San Mateo County Superior Court on June 4 to commission of felony by gang member, felony false imprisonment; a gun enhancement and gang member enhancement and a serious felony allegation for the Feb. 19, 2013, incident.

Police had arrested Ard and Henry on March 11, 2013, for violating their parole and probation after being forbidden to associate with each other as part of their probation agreement, according to the DA's office. Ard possessed a cell phone that had numerous videos, including one that showed both men allegedly roughing up a boy, who is about 3 to 5 years old.

Investigators were unable to locate the boy and his father, according to the DA.

Ard also admitted to committing a violent felony while on parole allegation, and Henry admitted to committing a felony while on probation.

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Posted by wayne choosin
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Sep 24, 2014 at 10:13 am

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Posted by Bru
a resident of Crescent Park
on Sep 24, 2014 at 12:09 pm

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We just seem to constantly ignore that our state and society are filling up with people like this, and that it is not really a solution to put them in a miserable situation for four years and four money and expect that they will get any better or not be a continuing cost to society as well as a danger. What kind of idiot would do this? What kind of idiot lives a gang life, and why can East Palo Alto seem to do nothing about it? How far does our society need to deteriorate before we start getting serious about isolating people like this from society by other means that just hoping their stay in their own bad neighborhoods of their own making? This is unacceptable and it makes me sick.

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Posted by iSez
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Sep 24, 2014 at 12:19 pm

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Thanks to technology. Can't there be laws created to force gangs to split up such as, those with criminal records can't hand with others with criminal records? And if they do, they get hard time? These guys will enter the public again and continue their rage. Is the three strikes law still in tact?

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