Teen was shot because of saggy pants, police say

  • Mon Oct 4th, 2010 2:11pm
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Scripps Howard News Service

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A Memphis man angered by two teenagers who would not pull up their sagging pants shot one in the rear and faces aggravated assault charges.

Memphis police on Saturday charged Kenneth E. Bonds, 45, with two counts of aggravated assault, according to a court affidavit. Bond was held in Shelby County Jail on $25,000 bond.

In the evening on Sept. 25, Bonds began yelling at two youths, ages 16 and 17, about pulling up their pants as the young men walked the Whitehaven community of Memphis, according to the court document.

On their way to buy candy, the pair and Bonds were in a heated argument when Bonds pulled a black semiautomatic pistol from his waistband and fired one shot at the 17-year-old, missing him, police said.

As the young men ran away, Bonds fired several more shots, hitting the older youth in the buttock with a bullet that exited through his thigh, according to the affidavit. He was treated first at Methodist South Hospital and then the Regional Medical Center at Memphis.

Bonds admitted that he shot the young man after an argument, police said in the affidavit.