A Norman teenager is accused of tying up his mother, severely beating her and making her drink gasoline.
Police rushed to the 4200 block of Harvard Rd. in Norman, off West Main Street, after neighbors called 911 stating a man was severely beating a woman in the front yard of a home.
“The caller reported that a woman was being severely beaten in her front yard and they were attempting to get to her to provide her some sort of aide,” said Sarah Jensen, public information officer for the Norman Police Department.
Police arrested Cayman Fentriss, 19, after learning the victim in the alleged assault was his mother.
“The mother had reported that her son had asked for money,” said Jensen. “She had denied giving him that money and that caused the incident or the disturbance to begin.”
Investigators said it started inside where Fentriss tied his mother up using computer cables, beat her and attempted to suffocate her with a pillow.
According to investigators, after the victim played dead, Fentriss is accused of pouring gasoline on her and making her drink it.
The altercation then moved outside.
“The witnesses described seeing the suspect hit the woman in the face several times and knock her head into the brick wall,” said Jensen. “Just some extremely violent actions that occurred there before they (witnesses) were able to provide some sort of distraction to get her away to the other side of the street when officers arrived.”
The victim survived the attack and was taken to a local hospital with serious injuries.
Investigators applaud neighbors for doing the right thing.