Man arrested, faces charge of striking mother

LAWRENCEVILLE - A Lawrenceville man was arrested this week on charges related to allegedly striking his mother, stealing her car and choking her dog last month, police records show.

Kevin Michael Yarbrough, 29, was arrested Tuesday and faces several charges, including cruelty to animals, criminal damage to property and simple battery.

According to a police report, Yarbrough began choking his mother's dog when she refused to let him in her house after a fight they had on the evening of March 23.

The report states Yarbrough, "began to choke the dog and stated he would kill the dog if the victim did not let him into her house."

Yarbrough allegedly used "both hands around the dog's neck," according to an arrest warrant.

The night in question spans a period of three hours, records show.

At about 8 p.m., Yarbrough and his mother argued in her 1999 Chevy Lumina when he picked up her from work. During the argument, he allegedly punched her on the ear. When they arrived back at her house, he allegedly ripped the rearview mirror off the woman's car and broke the car's windshield with it. He then fled in the car. The woman called police to report the incident.

Several hours later, the woman called police again when he returned to her house. When officers arrived, Yarbrough allegedly ran into a wooded area. A K-9 unit was unable to locate the man.

Police were called to the house a third time when Yarbrough returned and allegedly choked his mother's dog when she refused to let him stay the night.

Yarbrough was arrested in early January in connection with allegedly stealing his mother's car and stalking her, according to Gwinnett County Sheriff's Department records. That episode violated a temporary restraining order his mother filed against him, an arrest warrant shows.

Yarbrough was arrested Jan. 6 on charges of stealing his mother's car, among other charges.