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.
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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.