One man is dead Monday night after a violent altercation in New York City. A 43-year-old ex-boyfriend of a University Avenue resident began following the 37-year-old woman to her apartment. The two argued in the hallway before the man forced his way inside and began beating the woman. Unbeknownst to the attacker, the woman's 18-year-old son was in his bedroom and came to her rescue when he heard his mother's cries.
The boy wrestled with his mother's attacker before chocking the man to death. A spokesperson at New York City Police department said the mother briefly lost consciousness during the beating and woke up to find her son standing over her ex-boyfriend. The name of the man who has been killed has not been released but police did say he had 26 prior arrests, two of them for domestic violence against the boy' smother.
It takes courage to stand up to a grown man with a criminal history and stop a violent altercation. If the boy had not acted there is a chance the man could have killed his mother. The boy did what any son should do and he protected his mother, perhaps he meant to kill the man, perhaps not. Hopefully the boy will not be charged with any crime as he was only defending his mother who was being badly beaten and unconscious. At this point it will be left up to the prosecutors to decide the boy's fate but at this time no charges have been filed.
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Its too easy to kill someone with a chokehold. Putting someone to sleep and killing them is usually just a difference of 5-10 seconds. In the heat of the moment, it might be easy to hold someone in a choke for a minute or longer, ensuring death. This is a large reason there are referees in MMA matches that stop chokeholds almost immediately.