February 16, 1997 in City

Son Charged In Father’s Beating

From Staff And Wire Reports

A Riverside man suffered two broken arms and a broken leg after he was bludgeoned by his 16-year-old son Saturday, sheriff’s deputies said.

The father was taken to Sacred Heart Medical Center. The son was taken to jail and booked on two felony charges: first-degree assault and first-degree malicious mischief.

The father was in the computer room of his home on North Elk-Chattaroy Road when the son attacked him with an aluminum baseball bat, sheriff’s spokesman Dave Reagan said.

The man escaped and fled to a neighbor’s house at about 4:30 p.m. When paramedics arrived, the teen allegedly took off and ran into some nearby woods.

The teen had apparently smashed up the family home after his father escaped. Windows in a truck were broken. The glass in two ovens was shattered. Mirrors, light fixtures, doors and every telephone in the home was also destroyed.

Damages were in the “thousands of dollars,” Reagan said.

Deputies arrived at 5 p.m., and the teen came out of the woods and was arrested. Reagan said he doesn’t know if the teen has a criminal record, but said he has had an ongoing feud with his parents.

Names were not released Saturday.

, DataTimes

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