LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - An officer with the Lufkin Police Department arrested a 55-year-old man Tuesday evening after he allegedly shoved his nephew and pulled a knife on the man after they got into an argument over the nephew's last name.
The man told police that after he pulled the knife, his nephew pulled a "big, wooden cross" out of the yard and tried to hit him with it.
Allen Ladd Whitaker is still being held in the Angelina County Jail on a third-degree felony assault causing bodily injured with a previous conviction charge. His bail amount has been set at $3,500.
According to the Lufkin Police Department's daily activity report, the incident happened at a home in the 500 block of Myrtle Street at about 6:22 p.m. Tuesday. The nephew told the Lufkin Police officer that he and Whitaker, his uncle, had been arguing over the younger man's last name.
At some point, Whitaker shoved his nephew, and his young relative shoved him back, the report stated. Then Whitaker allegedly pulled a knife and started chasing his nephew down a trail behind the house.
The report stated that the nephew called his father to come help him.
Whitaker told the officer that he wasn't chasing his nephew; he was following him while he was trying to call the police because he wanted his nephew arrested.
"Whitaker admitted to shoving his nephew and pulling the knife," the report stated. "He said after he pulled the knife, his nephew grabbed a big, wooden cross out of the yard and tried to hit him with it while running away."
Whitaker was arrested at the scene and taken to the county jail.