STUY TOWN — A Parks Department worker who was dozing on a public bus pushed his wife to the ground and punched her 11-year-old son after becoming enraged that she'd woken him up to get off at their stop, police said.
Luis Freytes, 30, a Parks Department trainee who did maintenance work, shoved his wife, causing her to fall, after she woke him up and the family got off the bus at First Avenue and East 14th Street about 1:20 a.m. Saturday, according to the NYPD.
When the woman's 11-year-old son intervened and told Freytes to stop, Freytes turned on him, punching the child in the face and the stomach and then choking him, according to the criminal complaint from the Manhattan District Attorney’s office.
The boy was in severe pain but did not lose consciousness, police said. His mother suffered a cut to her face, police said.
Freytes was charged with endangering the welfare of a child, criminal obstruction of breathing, assault, attempted assault and harassment, according to the complaint.
He is due back in court Thursday. His lawyer did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The Parks Department is in the process of terminating Freytes, said Philip Abramson, a spokesman for the agency.