A Framingham couple was arrested Tuesday and charged with threatening to kill their grandchildren and burn down their daughter’s house.
The 60-year-old man went before a judge Thursday morning with his wife. The two were arrested by Framingham Police after a shoving match at their home, where they had been staying with their adult daughter and her two young children, 8 and 18, reported WHDH-TV.
Yixi Pan and his wife Yimei Chen allegedly threatened their daughter and her family, requesting the $50,000 they say they used to smuggle their daughter into the country from China, according to
Chen and Pan’s daughter called 911 around 9 p.m. and told police her father had slapped her and demanded $60,000, according to police.
In a restraining order hearing, the daughter told Judge James Barretto she and her husband had already paid her father “at least $50,000 or $60,000,” but he wanted more. He said he wanted to be paid for smuggling his daughter and her husband into the United States and to be reimbursed for raising her. He also wanted them to pay for the care he and his wife gave his daughter’s oldest son when they sent him to live with his grandparents in China, reported WCVB-TV.
“Once one of the daughters had the indication the other members of the family weren’t happy about the fact they weren’t being paid back, she thought they were gonna call immigration services,” said defense attorney Michael Brennan reported WBZ-TV. The defense told the TV station stories of what exactly happened in the house Tuesday night keep evolving, in part due to a language barrier.
Chen was released on personal recognizance. Her husband, Pan, was ordered held on $2,000 cash bail.