Police: Man arrested after attacking mom, refusing to leave home

Steven Whitson (Courtesy: Metro Nashville Police Department)
Steven Whitson (Courtesy: Metro Nashville Police Department)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A Nashville man was surrendered to Metro police after allegedly attacking his mom Tuesday night and refusing to leave his home.

A press release states Steven Whitson, 51, who lives with his 81-year-old mother on Johnson Ridge Road, reportedly got angry at her after she accused him of taking her prescription medication.

Whitson allegedly physically attacked her by kicking and punching her in the face, causing serious injuries to her left eye and head.

Police say the elderly woman also had bruising on her neck, which she told detectives was caused by her son the day before after he strangled her.

While Whitson barricaded himself inside the South Nashville, the woman’s 86-year-old brother reportedly helped her out of the house with the assistance of a neighbor.

The brother told police Whitson also fired shots toward his mother from inside the home.

According to authorities, Whitson ultimately surrendered himself just after midnight, hours after the situation began.

He is charged with attempted criminal homicide and aggravated assault (strangulation) against his mother and aggravated assault against her brother. He is being held in lieu of $150,000 bond.

Whitson was charged with aggravated assault in 2009 when he allegedly pointed an assault rifle at his mother and threatened to kill her. That case was retired.