A young man was arrested on March 13 after police say he attacked his mother with a garden rake the night before when she refused to give him money.
Police first learned of the situation when they responded to a 911 call from a woman saying an assault was taking place. When they arrived, they saw her son, Christopher Michael Whittle, leaving in a white truck.
His mother said Whittle had started attacking her and vandalizing items in the house after an argument. She said when she would not give her son more money, he became violent and threw her on the couch. She also said he tried to grab her purse to steal the money.
She said at this point, she managed to get outside the house to her car along with her husband.
However, as she was calling 911, Whittle began trying to take the phone from her. When her husband got out of the car to stop him, police said Whittle punched her husband, breaking his glasses.
When police arrived and entered the house, they saw a door had been knocked off its hinges, holes in the walls, molding torn off the wall, a hole in another door, and a hole in the center island in the kitchen.
Whittle's mother told police she was afraid she would be seriously injured the next time she encountered her son.
Whittle was arrested the following day on Johnston Road. He was charged with assault, aggravated assault, vandalism, and interference with an emergency call. Bail was set at $35,000.