By Will Johnson
Messenger Reporter

CROCKETT – A 38-year-old Crockett man is in the Houston County Jail after he attempted to strangle his mother on Friday evening, Sept. 29.

Jonathan Whitfield Monzingo was arrested and charged with assaulting a family member or member of a household by impeding their breath or circulation after Monzingo’s mother called the police.

According to an affidavit filed in the matter, the mother “… stated her son was intoxicated and attacked her in her room as she was lying in bed. She said he pushed her down and was attempting to choke her and was also hitting her repeatedly.”

The responding officers indicated they observed bruises on the mother’s arms “… and a red mark all around the front of her neck.”

When the officer’s asked Monzingo’s mother where he was, the affidavit indicated she thought he might still be in the house but added if he wasn’t in the residence, he was probably at a neighbor’s.

The police officers located Monzingo at a home across the street from his Briar Lane residence and when the law enforcement officials searched Monzingo they discovered an anxiety prescription pill in his front right pocket, the report stated.

Monzingo was arrested on an assault charge and also on a drug possession charge.

The assault charge ids considered a third degree felony under Texas law. According to Section 12.34 of the Texas Penal Code, “An individual adjudged guilty of a felony of the third degree shall be punished by imprisonment in the institutional division for any term of not more than 10 years or less than two years. In addition to imprisonment, an individual adjudged guilty of a felony of the third degree may be punished by a fine not to exceed $10,000.”

The drug possession charge is considered a Class A misdemeanor. According to Section 12.21 of the Texas Penal Code, “An individual adjudged guilty of a Class A misdemeanor shall be punished by a fine not to exceed $4,000; confinement in jail for a term not to exceed one year; or both such fine and confinement.”

Monzingo is currently held at the Houston County Jail on bonds totaling $14,500.

Will Johnson may be contacted via e-mail at wjohnson@messenger-news.com.