Ex-Prosecutor Fired 'Barbie Gun' to Scare Neighborhood Prankster

By Cynthia Hsu, Esq. on January 30, 2012 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

Ex-Bronx prosecutor Bernadette Greenwald has a penchant for pink guns. She also seems to like shooting them at neighborhood kids.

The strange story started on an idyllic Sunday afternoon. Well, it was idyllic until somebody decided it would be fun to play a game of "ding-dong ditch" on Greenwald.

Greenwald's doorbell rang twice that afternoon. Whoever was at the door ran before she answered. The third time someone rang the doorbell, Greenwald got a little peeved.

There are several different versions of what happened next.

Greenwald initially told police that 17-year-old Nolan LeBlanc, a neighbor, threatened to rape her and murder her children. That's why she got the gun.

Then the ex-prosecutor changed her tune. She told cops that it was "just kid sh-t." She also said she pulled the trigger to show that her pink gun wasn't just a "Barbie gun."

LeBlanc's mother had another tale to tell. She said her son was just walking home after watching the Giants game at a friend's house.

Now, regardless of whom you believe in this story there is only one logical conclusion. Shooting a gun at a teenage neighbor for pulling a prank? Kind of excessive. As an ex-prosecutor Greenwald certainly should have realized the error of her ways.

She has been charged with second-degree menacing, reckless endangerment, and unlawful use of a weapon, according to the New York Post.

As a side note, you may be trying to imagine what a pink gun like Greenwald's looks like. Wonder no more. Do a simple web search of "pink gun" and you'll see there is no shortage of feminine firearms up for sale.

Bernadette Greenwald was released from custody on Monday after her arraignment.

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