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POLICE: RVC Woman Fires Shot, Holds Teen at Gunpoint

Bernadette Greenwald, 47, of Rockville Centre was arrested and charged with menacing.

A Rockville Centre woman lost her cool after becoming the victim of what appeared to be a prank late Sunday night, firing off a revolver in front of her home and holding a teenage boy at gunpoint because she thought he was involved, police said.

According to Nassau County Police, Bernadette Greenwald, 47, of RVC, was at her home on North Forest Avenue on Sunday night when she heard her doorbell ring around 11:15 p.m. When Greenwald opened the door, no one was there.

Twice more Greenwald heard her doorbell ring, only to open the door and find no one there. That's when Greenwald became fed up. Police said she got a .9mm and fired a round outside of her home.

A short time later, police said a 17-year-old was walking in front of Greenwald's home, and she stopped and pointed her gun at the teen. Greenwald allegedly held the teenager until police came, where after an investigation, she was the one placed under arrest.

Greenwald is charged with second-degree menacing, second-degree reckless endangerment and prohibited use of a dangerous weapon. She was arraigned on Monday in First District Court in Hempstead

Marc January 25, 2012 at 04:21 AM
Marc January 25, 2012 at 04:23 AM
In any event, I give up (dead horse and all that)...I hope your life continues to be fun and fulfilling. Really.
Andy January 25, 2012 at 04:36 AM
Frank January 25, 2012 at 02:09 PM
Wow. We got a bonafide OMC prodigy on the board. My do they just liven a conversation. Best protect ya neck Smokey. you might wet yourself.
Frank January 25, 2012 at 02:16 PM
@ RVC. It's time parents step up and parent. Teach "respect your neighbor". N Smokey, Big Worm gonna wet you up with a mouth like that. You're the poster child for pro choice. Holla back at the dog pound that the new new jack city is gonna get raided... Again... @ anthony bottan. I thought colorful language is prohibited? Smokey is lighting it up!
Dave Kloven January 25, 2012 at 02:53 PM
did earl change his name to smokey... its unbelievable that people like this enjoy freedom...
Marc January 25, 2012 at 02:55 PM
Where is Anthony Bolton? Sitting next to Smokey?
Anthony Bottan (Editor) January 25, 2012 at 03:21 PM
I just saw all these nasty comments by Smokey (work meeting this morning) and they are deleted. I apologize for not seeing it earlier, and i can assure you, that will be the last we hear of Smokey. Thanks to everyone else for keeping this thread FAIRLY clean and respectful.
Mike Boranian January 25, 2012 at 03:57 PM
A crime in progress? Is that why she didn't call the cops? She took matters into her own hands? Who is she Dirty Bernadette? Unless I misunderstand she did not shoot at any alleged perpretrator of any crime in progress, She shot at nothing. She shot into thin air in the dead of nite when she could not see anything. And did so out of anger and frustration. Her behavior is as juvenile and immature and reckless as that of the kids. Can't tell friend from foe at nite? Stop! Her neighbors now now which of the two she is, if they didn't know already. She may not be a drug dealing gangbanger. She may be worse because she acts the same way but hides behind the comfort of her upper middle class neigborhood and profession (of which she will no longer be a a part if this turns into a felony conviction!)
Frank January 25, 2012 at 05:00 PM
@ common sense. I for one hope Bernadette will survive the media onslaught and Nassau County Courts. The circumstances of her reasoning will be on record for all to see soon enough. Stop crucifying this person for one bad decision. She's managed to make enough good decisions in her life to have a home in RVC (with its huge tax burden), raise a family, and career. As for the supposed teen pranksters, parents have strict or vicarious liability of their children under 18 yrs of age, which in the US includes parental negligence (e.g. failure to supervise your child). I would start issuing summons to those parents.
Marc January 25, 2012 at 05:11 PM
Sorry to chime in so late. JC, but if you read the entire thread, the "kids will be kids" theme is a pervasive one. I see that is as a pretty good indication these kinds of problems will never go away anywhere.
Mike Boranian January 25, 2012 at 05:51 PM
@Frank I for one have not crucified her. She did what she did. I have merely responded to your defense of her, which in my opinion is completely meritless. It seems to me it is you have crucified the kids and their parents and the community at large and even the "other" community in town. She did wrong. She will pay a price.I get that she's your friend and I get that this is hard on her and those who care for her but after a full day of all this back and forth ,by now you must see that she is in the wrong ( and i think you do based on your softer tone) and that even if the kids are also wrong, the kids bad behavior does not , in any way, justify her actions.
Chris January 25, 2012 at 07:31 PM
You have no right to fire a weapon when there is no direct threat or immanent danger to you. That being said regardless how legal her possession of the gun was, there was no need to fire a shot. The alleged teen that was outside her house when she happened to detain him was not on her property. The sidewalks are public not private so keep your private life inside and if you do not like what goes on in the public pick yourself up and move to a place where you can be private.
LeeAnne Paesano January 25, 2012 at 07:35 PM
Mike Boranian January 25, 2012 at 07:39 PM
and now newsday reports that she told the pollice the 17 year old was inside her home when she pulled out the gun. the cops tell newsday that's not true. so there was no threat when she used the gun. lying to the cops when they show up certainly doesn't help her credibility
LeeAnne Paesano January 25, 2012 at 08:13 PM
Has anyone read the newsday today?? Now whacko went into atty. mode by saying he was in her home, the 17 y.o. didn't believe it was a real gun and that's why she fired the gun and now her husband wasn't home and he just so happen returned home at that time and now he wrestled him to the ground!! I think she got her story together from all our comments!!! What kind of message is she sending to her kids?? LIE to whomever and whatever as long as it gets you out of the situation. Good parenting. If that 17 yo was in her house do u really believe the police wouldn't have arrested him??? Please!!
Andy January 25, 2012 at 09:06 PM
Well she is an attorney.. (known to make false allegations?..)
Ellen January 25, 2012 at 10:24 PM
This story is a lot of things but self defense is not one of them. There was no threat there - she was mad and not scared. It appears that she is trying very hard to shift the blame - if that kid is an innocent passerby she is already laying the ground work for her defense in a whopping suit that could be coming from his family. She was reckless and put many people in addition to that kid in danger. And for those of you who think that ringing and running is a "prank". It might be at 6:30 at night and you do it to your friends. At 11:30 at night it is not only disrespectful and inconsiderate but dangerous. She could have come right at the kids with a gun. What if the residents were sick, elderly or had infants? What if they are people who get up early to go to work? You need to think about the boundaries of fun that you are teaching your kids. Yes, for ever kids will be kids but they shouldn't be taught that their fun is at other people's expense. I hope those kids see the chain of events that their behaviour caused and that they are identified and held accountable.
LeeAnne Paesano January 25, 2012 at 10:34 PM
When all said and done it all comes down to how this woman reacted to this. All she had to do is call the police, lock her doors and let them take care of this. She put the law in hands and now let's see how she will be held accountable.
Brendan January 25, 2012 at 10:50 PM
Regardless of the details, this woman held a gun to an inncent 17 year old kid and deserved to be arrested. However, kids in this town for the most part, are spoiled, selfish, and dont understand or think about any consequences. At house parties, these kid's idea of fun is to break and steal anything they can find. On mondays, the halls at school are filled with talk of kids bragging or luaghing about who stole or broke the most at a house party over the weekend, its disgusting and pathetic. There's nothing wrong with a group of kids goin out and havin a few beers with friends, but these idiots from rvc just dont know how to act responsible at all. In my opinion, its becuase these kids were brought up lacking responsabilities and being handed everything to them by mommy and daddy. Its this issue of Irrisponsible kids who are sheltered from the real world by their parents, that cuased this incodent and many others.
Ellen January 26, 2012 at 12:28 AM
You are right!
Eugene Clark January 26, 2012 at 01:22 AM
First of all, my name is " Mickey Clark ", and NOT "Clarkey Mick", as was posted in this "opinion section" previously in referance to the shooting on Forest Ave.. Somebody I am sure was using a spin off of my real name which is often found in the "Letters to the Editor" section of the RVC Patch, the RVC Herald, NEWSDAY, or the NY Post. While "imitation is considered some form of flattery", I suppose, it would be much more flattering if the writer would echo my real sentiments on the matter, clean up their sentance structure and know a tad about the subject of which they opinionate, none of which resembles any of my attributes.I do chide "The Patch" for not having a policy of verification of opinion writers similar to what the other Newspapers and Publications have, lest other opinions in the "Patch" may be attributed to myself or others by "innuendo" and not fact. Mickey Clark
Eugene Clark January 26, 2012 at 02:05 AM
My (Real) opinion on the shooting on Forest Ave, this past week is simple. The woman who fired the warning shot, should not have done so. In spite of her fears for herself and family, anyone with a firearm must realize that a bullet fired from a gun must strike something that is in the direction the barrrel was pointed. Even if the gun was fired in the air, it must drop to the ground someware. So there is extreme danger in unleashing a shot from a gun in a dense residential community such as RVC. The woman was clearly wrong logically and legally. As an attorney she should have known this and acted accordingly by calling the RVC Police immediately. For those criticising the RVC Police, they are way out of line. In my experience the RVC Police respond as promptly as possible to every cal they receive. We must however understand that our Police Department is understaffed and that any respite to correct that situation anytime soon is unfortunately defined by the lack of funds available. . . I don't believe the woman who fired the shot should be prosecuted or penalized, however, She should be required to attend, at her expense a NRA approved handgun course that would teach her among other things, "How to think logically in a perceived threatening situation.". Mickey Clark
Eugene Clark January 26, 2012 at 02:21 AM
With crime on the uprise and imminent civil unrest a very real consideration between now and November 2012, you can rest assured that whatever laws regarding guns, mob rule, and rioting is concerned will be similar to the "Wild West". Personally I believe it's time that the public realize the dangers that will be upon us and demand that they be allowed MORE access to legal home defense weapons. it's also time that Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy retires from her quest to disarm all Americans and let a pro seconed amendment, and Constitutionalist Congressman replace her and face up to the very real truth that we all face a very dangerous future.
rvc parent January 26, 2012 at 04:50 PM
Cudos to the real Mickey Clark..You are right on. There is too much bashing in every direction on this thread. The RVC PD do a great job. They could use a little more politeness when they answer the desk phone or greet you in the station. But when a person calls they think their problem is the most important. The fact is the RVCPD have to prioritize their calls and believe it or not might have a life threatening situation (remember they respond when you call for a ambulance and a fire) at the same time as your call is received. The lady in question is at fault for recklessness and endangerment. However she is a mother of 2 children, and for the husband and childrens sake that must be respected. Somewhere in the middle of the stories lies the truth. Only those there will know what really happened. Most importantly is that no one was physically injured. If the 17 y/o boy was a innocent passerby then I include him when I say, SADLY the children of the household were definately immotionately injured,victims The internet is great everyone can give an opinon and hide behind the enter button. Regardless of the statement, factual, hurtful, or just pure rumor. All one can hope is that if you are ever placed in a situation that you did not cause, you remember to act rationally and not escalate the situation. Because the world will annyonomously be blogging away "monday morning quarterbacking" this decision. Is this why bullying is killing our kids?
Eugene Clark January 26, 2012 at 09:51 PM
I have a distinct feeling that after all that is said and done, and the Police have concluded their investigations into the "shooting" on Forest Avenue. We might all have egg on our faces and get a big chuckle concerning the actual facts in the case. Let's wait and see.
Kevin O'Reilly January 27, 2012 at 01:50 AM
It sure took Jamie Lee Curtis a while to figure that out in the Halloween Movies!
Kevin O'Reilly January 27, 2012 at 01:57 AM
Move RVCPD to 2-3 OMC Houses. Better to be closer to your key clients!
That RVC guy January 27, 2012 at 03:24 AM
Mickey, there are young kids in that house...in our schools. I cant see any outcome that would give me a real chuckle. Hope I'm wrong.
Anthony Bottan (Editor) January 27, 2012 at 02:30 PM
Kevin. You are incorrect. His name is Jeff GREENFIELD, and has nothing to do with this, or Ms. Greenwald for that matter.


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