Police: York City man pointed loaded gun at 3 of his children

Liz Evans Scolforo
York Dispatch

A York City father is free on bail, accused of walking into the bedroom of three of his sleeping children and pointing a loaded handgun at them.

The children — a 6-year-old boy and 11- and 13-year-old girls — were unharmed, according to York City Police.

Charging documents indicate the eldest girl was able to hide the gun from her stepfather and call 911.

Angel Minaya

Angel Roberto Minaya is charged with three counts of child endangerment, attempted simple assault and reckless endangerment. The child endangerment counts are third-degree felonies.

Minaya, 41, of the 300 block of Garfield Street, is free on $30,000 bail, according to court records.

The children were released to the custody of their mother, according to city Lt. Gene Fells.

According to charging documents, Minaya was angry that one of his children went to a friend's home without his permission.

He opened the bedroom door of the three children and pointed a handgun at them about 10:20 p.m. Wednesday, March 21, documents allege.

Loaded gun: There were bullets in the pistol's magazine but not one in the chamber, Fells said.

When Minaya realized the 13-year-old was awake and witnessing what he was doing, he hid the gun in his jacket, according to police allegations.

The girl then found the gun and hid it from Minaya, after which she left the house and called 911, charging documents state.

When officers arrived, Minaya told them nothing was wrong. But after officers interviewed the children, they arrested Minaya and took him to the county's central booking unit.

He denied pointing a gun at the children, police said.

Officers took the children to York City's police station until their mother was able to pick them up about 1 a.m. the next morning, according to Fells.

Court records do not list an attorney for Minaya.

— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @LizScolforoYD.