Monica Ann Bradford, a woman from Buda, Texas, has been accused of pointing a gun at a trick-or-treater on Halloween. The Texas woman was put in jail and was released Monday on a $10,000 bond.
Bradford has been charged with second-degree aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, which is considered a second-degree felony according to police.
The horrifying incident took place Halloween night at around 7:20 p.m. According to the Hay’s County Sheriff’s Office, they were called to the scene after reports of an aggravated assault. They found Monica Ann Bradford yelling and screaming at children who were walking by her home in the 100 block of Quarter Avenue.
Witnesses said that the 35-year-old’s front light was on, and the house appeared open for trick-or-treaters, but things quickly escalated when Bradford exited her home, pulled a loaded gun and pointed it at a 7-year-old trick-or-treater who was at the end of her driveway.
Police were able to calm Bradford down and get the young child to safety. Sources said that officers had their weapons drawn when they arrived at the house. Neighbors are grateful that no one got hurt during this terrifying Halloween nightmare.
“I was in shock. It’s Halloween, there are kids everywhere, how can somebody just come out with a weapon and scare these kids,” said neighbor Connie Medina.
Neighbors said that this wasn’t the first time that police were called to the house. It is unclear what Bradford’s motive was.
This typically quiet neighborhood had to be shut down by police on Halloween night. According to some witnesses, police officers stopped them on the street and made them turn around because there had been a gun in the area.
Some parents are thinking about not letting their kids trick-or-treat next year because of the potential danger. Neighbor Albert Anguiano said, “I’m about to the point where I don’t even want the kids going anymore.”
According to police, they are still conducting interviews and the investigation into the incident is ongoing. Sources are unsure if Bradford has a lawyer yet. Her court date is pending.
Neighbors and witnesses are hoping that the little trick-or-treater wasn’t too traumatized by the events of the night and are glad that they are safe. “Little kid probably needs counseling. He or she is going to have to deal with that for years, no telling,” said Medina.
People are glad that the situation didn’t turn out any worse.
This year, the city of Buda, Texas put on a special Halloween treat for their residents despite the horrifying events of the night. During a normal year, the town known as Tree City USA, sets up a Halloween spectacular on their Main Street where shops can hand out candy and kids can marvel at the decorations.
This year, “Booda Day” was changed to be more Covid-19 friendly. The city set up a special movie night in their park so kids and parents could bring their own snacks, blankets and enjoy a Halloween classic.
City officials released the following statement about the event. “Due to the ongoing pandemic, we realized that we had to reimagine Booda Halloween as we know it,” said Greg Olmer, Buda’s director of Parks and Recreation. “With the rise in the Delta variant of COVID-19, we wanted to ensure that we conducted this event as safely as possible, recognizing contactless and social-distancing conventions.”
Anyone with any information about the incident should contact JB Baker at 512-393-7814.