A suburban Boca Raton man is facing an aggravated battery on a child charge after deputies say he chased his 15-year-old son on Sunday, and sprayed bug killer on his face.
Rueben Herscu, 59, was released under his own recognizance this morning after Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Ted S. Booras ordered he have no contact with his children, pending state Department of Children and Families' approval.
According to the arrested report, a Palm Beach County Sheriff's deputy was dispatched to the Herscu household in the 9000 block of Broad Street in suburban Boca Raton on Sunday, after the teenager called police around 9:31 p.m.
The teenager told the deputy that his father had chased him with a knife and threatened him with it, after the teen took the DVD player from the family room. The teen added that Herscu tried to punch him, but only grazed his face. He said his father then grabbed bug killer and sprayed it in his face and eyes.
The teen's mother and sister confirmed that there was a fight, but both gave different accounts about the alleged weapon. The deputy ultimately determined that what Herscu had chased his son with was a plastic pizza cutter.
Herscu admitted to spraying the teen's face and eyes, but said it was only in self defense.
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