A father punched a 73-year-old man who bumped into his two-year-old son’s stroller at the 72nd street subway station on Sunday night around 6:45 p.m., police told the Daily News.
Lenin Cancel, 44, of Boerum Hill, claimed Kurt Nachum banged into his wife and young son as he got off the train, sources said.
The impact caused the boy to hit his head on the bar of the stroller, giving him a black eye, according to the sources. They said Cancel then punched Nachum in the head, breaking skin on the left side of his face.
Initially, Cancel was charged with assault on a victim older than 65, and Nachum was charged with assault on a victim younger than 11, as well as child endangerment, according to the News. But eventually Cancel was arraigned on a misdemeanor assault, attempted assault and harassment charges. The DA did not bring charges against Nachum.
Cancel’s mother spoke up for him: “That was his child. Any reasonable human being would have done the same.”
File photo by Amy Aglar.