A man police believe assaulted his elderly mother and then stabbed a friend who tried to intervene, pleaded not guilty Dec. 14 at an arraignment hearing in Globe.
Thomas Reasons, 49, is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, domestic violence-assault, criminal damage and threatening or intimidating behavior. He is being held in the Gila County Jail.
On Nov. 30, Reasons allegedly stabbed Terry Brooks in the abdomen at a home in the 900 block of East Granite Dells Road.
Officers believe Reasons became agitated earlier in the day when his elderly mother asked him to come home from a friend’s home where he was drinking and watching football.
Reasons struck his mother several times and dragged her through the house, said Payson Police Chief Don Engler.
After the assault on his mother, Reasons and his nephew had an altercation and at that time, Brooks attempted to intervene and was stabbed by Reasons.