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Candidate for attorney general arrested for assault on father

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An Omaha man running for Nebraska attorney general was charged with strangulation after an April 8 attack on his father, Omaha police said.

Evangelos Argyrakis, 51, the sole Democratic nominee for the statewide position, confronted his father in the 82-year-old man's kitchen, according to a police affidavit, accusing the elder Argyrakis of taking money from his mother, and punching him in the face 20 times.

The younger Argyrakis then said he planned to kill his father and attempted to retrieve a knife from a kitchen drawer, but was stopped.

Argyrakis then pushed his father against the cabinets with both hands, allegedly strangling him, according to the police report. He later let go of his father and left the kitchen.

The elder Argyrakis fled the house to a neighbor's, where he called police.

Officers found the elder Argyrakis with a fresh contusion below his left eye and red marks around his neck. He was transported to Methodist Hospital.

Police arrested Argyrakis and charged him with felony strangulation. If convicted of the felony, Argyrakis would be unable to hold the office of attorney general.

He did not return the Journal Star's call seeking comment.

The April 8 incident comes after a district judge dismissed Argyrakis' petition for a protection order against his father. Argyrakis also sued his father in March seeking $2.1 million to pay off a $140,000 student loan debt he said his father agreed to pay in 1990 along with "loss of other economic opportunities."

A judge set Argyrakis' bond at $30,000. He's scheduled for a preliminary hearing May 9.


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