A 13-year-old stepped in to defend his mother when her boyfriend attacked her as an argument over XBox turned violent in Middletown, police said.
Bernardo Nunez-Rivera, 33, of Middletown, is facing multiple charges including assault, strangulation and risk of injury to a child after assaulting his girlfriend and then fighting her teenage son, police said.
Police responded to a home on Summer Hill Road at 12:44 a.m. on Jan. 5 after the 13-year-old called 911 to report that his mother's boyfriend was assaulting her.
Nunez Rivera and his girlfriend, who have lived together with her three children ages 9 to 13 for about a year and a half and have been together three years, both told police they got into an argument over the video game system, according to police. Her son walked into the bedroom after hearing them fighting and saw Nunez-Rivera on his mother hitting her in the face, police said.
The boy tried to pull them apart to stop the beating, but then Nunez-Rivera grabbed his neck, choked him and called him names before smashing his PlayStation 3 gaming consul, police said. The $175 video game system was damaged beyond repair, according to police.
The teen told police that his throat hurt, but that he didn't have trouble breathing.
The boy's mother denied that her boyfriend attacked her and said that a visible injury to her mouth and lip might have been the result of falling into the wall, police said.
Nunez-Rivera told police that he drank about 10 beers before the incident and responding officers said they could smell alcohol on his breath.
Police charged him with disorderly conduct, two counts of third-degree assault, second-degree strangulation, risk of injury to a minor and third-degree criminal mischief.
Nunez-Rivera was held in custody on a $20,000 bond and was scheduled to appear in court on Monday.