This is not a joke.
The Denver Post reported a story involving a heated dispute between two parents about what street gang their son should join resulted in one parent threatening to kill the other,
The center of the battle is a 4-year-old boy. The child was born to parents, who are not married, when they were about 15 years old, said Sgt. Joe Sandoval of the Commerce City Police Department.
According to the Denver Post, the boy’s father, Joseph Manzanares, allegedly went to the Hollywood Video
There, according to Sandoval, Manzanares, 19, began knocking over several displays in the video store, as well as knocking a computer off a counter.
Manzanares began to verbally threaten the woman, including saying he was going to “kill” her, said the police sergeant.
Manzanares then ran out of the store and was arrested a short time later at his residence.
The mother of the child told police that she and the boy’s father have been involved in ongoing domestic disputes regarding their son.
The woman said she is a “Crip” gang member and that Manzanares is a “Baller” gang member, and “they have different ideas on how the baby should be raised,” said Sandoval.
“Basically she said they cannot agree on which gang the baby would ‘claim,’ ” Sandoval said.
Sandoval said the “Ballers” were formerly known as the “Westside Ballers.” He said the father is Latino; the mother, African-American.
On Tuesday, Manzanares pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct, a Class 1 petty offense. A charge of harassment, a Class 3 misdemeanor, was dismissed.
Adams County Judge Simon Mole sentenced Manzanares to 12 months probation and imposed $835 in court costs and fees.