Deputies: Man punches mother in face, head after she calls counselor

Published: Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 11:30 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 11:30 a.m.

A dispute between a Gainesville man and his mother turned violent Monday, sheriff's deputies said, with the man accused of punching his mother several times, leaving her bleeding from the nose and mouth.

The woman and her son -- Michael J. Greenwood, 24 -- were staying at the America's Best Value Inn, located at 7413 Newberry Road, when the woman called a Peaceful Paths counselor to complain about her son's threatening behavior, the Alachua County Sheriff's Office reported. Greenwood then grabbed the phone and punched his mother several times in the head, deputies said.

Greenwood also punched his mother in the mouth and forehead, the Sheriff's Office reported, which in addition to the bloody nose and mouth left her with bumps on her head. He then removed the cord between the phone and the wall and locked the door, barring his mother from leaving the room, deputies said.

When deputies arrived, Greenwood said he was leaving the hotel because his mother would lie to law enforcement to have him arrested. He also said he didn't want to say more for fear of incriminating himself.

Greenwood was charged with domestic battery and false imprisonment. On his way to the Alachua County jail, he told deputies he struck his mother approximately eight times because she scratched his chest, the Sheriff's Office reported.

He was booked into the jail and remained there Tuesday in lieu of $5,000 bond.

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