Detroit— A 29-year-old man is accused of beating up his mother because she wouldn’t let him use her phone, and when the woman’s 41-year-old boyfriend saw what was happening, he allegedly joined in the assault.
The incident happened at about 6:45 p.m. Thursday, when the 45-year-old victim dialed 911 to report she’d been assaulted, Detroit Police Officer Jennifer Moreno said.
“The son wanted to use the phone; his mother said no, so the son started punching her, and threw her to the ground,” Moreno said. “The boyfriend comes in, and the son tells him she’s talking to another guy on the phone.
“The boyfriend tries to get the phone, and he starts slapping her,” Moreno said. “Then, both of them leave in the boyfriend’s truck.”
The woman, who suffered facial bruises, reported the incident, and officers from the 4th Precinct arrived within minutes at the home in the 2500 block of Inglis.
“She gave the officers the description of the truck, and the officers canvassed the area to look for the two men,” Moreno said.
A few minutes later, police received another call from the victim: Her son and boyfriend had returned to the home, and were kicking the front door.
“When the officers went back to the house, they found the door kicked in,” Moreno said. “The officers went inside and arrested both subjects.”
Moreno said it’s rare for domestic violence perpetrators to return after police have been called.
“Usually, they leave and they run, because they know they’re going to jail,” she said. “This was good, prompt, efficient work by the officers that they got there quickly and were able to arrest these men.”