Police have arrested and charged a 19-year-old Queens man in connection to the death of his father on Friday night.
On Feb. 5 at 9:30 p.m. police responded to an assault in progress in front of 47-05 Utopia Parkway and found 57-year-old Ioannis Safetis unconscious and unresponsive, according to authorities.
Safetis had trauma to the left side of his head and scratches on his face, police said. He was taken to New York-Presbyterian Queens, where he was pronounced dead.
Police arrested Safetis’ 19-year-old son, Dimitrios Safetis, and charged him with manslaughter, assault and criminal possession of a weapon.
According to the New York Daily News, the younger Safetis allegedly beat his father to death with a steering-wheel lock club following a drunken argument.
It allegedly began when Dimitrios and his 16-year-old brother went to visit their father’s ex-wife at her home, the Daily News reported. The two were partying with the woman’s 20-year-old son when a fight began.
The woman then called Ioannis to complain about his sons, the Daily New said.
Ioannis arrived and allegedly threatened her, her sons and his own sons before getting a steering-wheel club from his car.
After wrestling with his father, the 19-year-old suspect allegedly grabbed the club and beat his father, according to reports.
Dimitrios Safetis was still awaiting arraignment as of Sunday afternoon.