A Bronx high school football player was arrested and charged in the choking death of his mother’s allegedly abusive ex-boyfriend.
Luis Moux, 18, told the New York City Police Department that he held Stanley Washington in a chokehold for two minutes until he “fell asleep,” as reported by the New York Daily News. But that left 43-year-old dead.
Moux said the incident left him with bite marks on his knee and arm.
According to the New York Post, Moux choked the ex-boyfriend after he showed up at their apartment at 4:30 a.m. Monday and started fighting with Moux’s mother. He then started beating her, police said.
Moux, who heard the incident, ran to his mother and saw Washington on top of her. He then wrapped his arm around his neck and tried to pull him off. Washington, at some point, lost consciousness and later died.
Police said that it’s not clear if he choked the man while trying to pull him off the mother or if he pulled him off and then later choked him, the Post reported.
He was arrested on manslaughter charges and appeared in a Bronx criminal court on Tuesday. His lawyer said that he’s innocent and acted in self-defense.
“Some animal tried to hurt his mother and he did what any good young man would do,” Walter Fields said. “This is the kind of kid that we’d all be proud to call our son.”
Moux was released on bail hours later.
Moux’s mother, Lorena Sesma, previously had a restraining order against Washington.
“That man used to beat her constantly,” Moux’s aunt, Angela Carrasquillo, said of Washington. “She always had bruises on her face. He even assaulted my mother before. He punched my mother in the back of the head.”
Police said that Washington has a lengthy rap sheet, with 26 prior arrests.
Sesma confirmed that there had been prior domestic incidents between her and Washington. Police were called in 2014 to break up a dispute between the two. Sources told the Daily News that he beat up Sesma in the past.