Teen allegedly knocks father out after being asked to stop texting at dinner


YARMOUTH, Mass. — A teenage boy is facing a felony assault charge after an argument with his father over texting during a family dinner.

Police arrested the teenager Saturday at the Montebello Restaurant in Kings Circuit in Yarmouthport.

Police said the teen and his family were having dinner at the restaurant. The father asked his son several times to stop texting during dinner. This led to an argument, and the father and son went outside.

The argument continued and police said the teenager punched his father in the face, knocking him unconscious. The father ended up falling to the ground and hiting his head, suffering a severe head injury, said police.

Fire and EMS arrived at the scene to help treat the father. The father was taken to Cape Cod Hospital and is expected to survive, said police.

Police later arrested the teenager, charging him with felony assault and battery on a person over 60 with a serious injury.

After posting the $40 bail fee, police released the teen to his mom and is expected in Barnstable Juvenile District Court on Tuesday.

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