Police say man dragged mom into house by her feet

Missing bird led man to drag mother into house

Published: Friday, January 6, 2012 at 9:08 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 6, 2012 at 9:08 a.m.

A 53-year-old Gainesville man is facing two felony charges after an anonymous 911 caller reported that he was hurting his 76-year-old mother by dragging her back into the house by her feet while her head was bleeding.

Gregory Terence Dukes was arrested by the Gainesville Police Department on charges of battery on a person over age 65 and false imprisonment.

According to an arrest report by Officer Safiya Rim, the incident began when the mother’s cat overturned a birdcage in Dukes’ bedroom of the home they share. Dukes became angry that he could not find one of the three birds he had been keeping in the cage, Rim said, so he began following his mother through the house while yelling and screaming at her.

The mother told police she first was injured when she retreated into the bathroom and Dukes pushed the bathroom door open. The door hit the woman on the forehead, breaking it open.

Dukes then followed his mother as she ran from the house screaming for help, Rim wrote in the report. Dukes is accused of grabbing his mother by her arms, which caused her to fall to the ground.

The mother said Dukes dragged her by her feet back into the house, locked the front door and told her he would kill her if she called police.

An anonymous caller dialed 911.

The elderly woman’s injuries were not life-threatening, police said.

Dukes was booked into the Alachua County jail.

It was not immediately clear whether the third bird was located.

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