A Lincoln man is behind bars after allegedly beating and strangling his mother.
Lincoln Police say just before 7:00 Wednesday night, officers were called to the area of 16th and D for reports of a disturbance. When officers arrived they found the victim, 52 year old Michelle Gouge, who advised that her son, 31 year old Alexander, had become violent during an argument over her welfare money.
Michelle said that Alexander became angry, shoved her down in the kitchen, punched her two or three times in the face and then choked her to the point where she was unable to breathe and lost consciousness.
She says after she woke up, he argued with her again and punched her in the face an unknown number of times. Officers saw that the left side of Michelle’s face was extremely swollen, had bruises and lacerations near her left eye and cheek, as well as scrapes and bruising along the right side of her neck.
A witness corroborated Michelle’s account, but when officers located Alexander in a neighboring apartment, he denied assaulting Michelle. He was arrested, charged with one count of Strangulation.