|Marie Becerra and William Moreno|
Monday, May 13, 2013
Cops: Feasterville mom, son face charges in Mother's Day candlestick attack
Posted: Monday, May 13, 2013
A Feasterville woman and her 18-year-old son spent Mother’s Day at Bucks County prison after police say he beat a man unconscious with a metal candlestick while she helped hold the man down.
Lower Southampton police responded to a report of a domestic in progress after a neighbor reported hearing a man and woman yelling and sounds like things were being broken inside a home in the 1000 block of Buck Road around 3 a.m. Sunday.
When police arrived, the officer saw a man and woman yelling inside the home. The officer also received additional information that someone in the home wanted her 18-year-old son involuntarily committed to a mental health unit, but then hung up, according to a probable cause affidavit.
The officer saw a woman — identified as 34-year-old Marie Becerra — walk to the front door where she yelled “911 is a joke” then slammed the door, police said.
As the officer approached the home, he saw a man stagger outside holding his bloodied face.
That man claimed that William Moreno, Becerra's son, punched him to the point where he lost consciousness while two women — Becerra and a juvenile girlfriend of Moreno — held him down, according to police. Moreno punched him in the face, then grabbed a metal candlestick and hit him in the back of his head and face until he passed out, court documents said. The man also believed Moreno might still be inside.
The police entered the house where they found numerous pieces of broken furniture, glass and household decorations. An officer went upstairs where he heard yelling. He saw Becerra walk out of a bedroom, slam the door shut and tell the person inside not to open it, according to police.
Becerra then grabbed the officer and started pushing him out of the doorway, police said. She was told to step aside, but refused and continued pushing the officer, police said. The officer pushed the woman to the ground then continued in the bedroom where he found the girl.
Becerra followed behind the officer, and, according to police, pushed him again, at which time she was arrested.
Moreno was not in the home, police said, but about a half hour later he appeared from a side street running “at full speed” toward the home. Police say Moreno ran past emergency services and police and entered the home, screaming and threatening to kill the man who had been injured. Moreno then attacked the man a second time, police said, adding officers had to subdue the suspect using a stun gun.
Mother and son were arraigned Sunday before Falls District Judge Jan Vislosky. Becerra was held on aggravated assault and disorderly conduct charges and Moreno on two counts each of aggravated and simple assault, disorderly conduct and related charges. They were sent to Bucks County prison in lieu of 10 percent of $250,000 bail each.