HPD: 80-year-old father choked by son after refusing to give money for cigarettes


by KHOU.com staff


Posted on February 8, 2012 at 4:28 PM

HOUSTON – A Houston man is accused of choking and assaulting his 80-year-old father because he wanted money to buy cigarettes.

Keith Townsend, 50, is charged with injury to an elderly person.

According to court documents, HPD officers were called to the emergency room at St. Joseph's on February 3 to interview the victim.

The victim told them that he and Townsend were at home that day when the son asked for some cash.

The victim said he refused to give his son money, and the son became irate.

In a fit of rage, Townsend allegedly grabbed his elderly father by the neck and slammed him against a wall. The force of the impact was strong enough to knock a clock off the wall in the next room, the victim said.

According to the victim, his son kept squeezing his neck and said, "I should kill you," before throwing the victim to the ground.

After Townsend left, the victim called 911.

Hospital staff said the victim was having a hard time moving and was sore from the attack, but he did not break any bones.

Charges were filed later that day.