Valpo police: Mother attacks son over cellphone bill, being 'disrespected'

2014-03-10T14:58:00Z 2014-03-10T22:28:16Z Valpo police: Mother attacks son over cellphone bill, being 'disrespected'Times Staff nwitimes.com
March 10, 2014 2:58 pm  • 

VALPARAISO | Police said a Gary woman continued to punch her own son during a disturbance at his home even when ordered at gunpoint by Valparaiso police to stop.

Evelyn Johnson, 58, was charged with residential entry, battery and disorderly conduct.

Police were called about 2:40 p.m. Saturday to a home in the 1700 block of Dainesway. The officer heard yelling inside and found Johnson and her adult son lying on the floor at the top of the staircase. Police said her son was on top of her, trying to keep her from punching him in the face.

After ordering them several times to stop fighting, the two continued to fight, police said. The officer then drew his weapon and ordered them three more times to stop.

Police said when the son put his hands in the air, Johnson continued to punch him in the face.

Eventually, the son came down the stairs and Johnson was taken into custody.

Police said the two had argued about money owed Johnson for her son's cellphone. Police said the son's cellphone was on Johnson's plan with the agreement that her son would pay her each month for his phone service. Police said the son could not make the most recent payment, so Johnson turned off the phone. The two had argued about that, police said.

The son told police Johnson then went into the home uninvited and attacked him.

According to police, Johnson said she went to the home not only because she was owed money, but because "he disrespected his mother, and I'd do it again."

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