OMAHA, Neb. — A candidate for attorney general of Nebraska has been accused of choking his father during an attack at the home he and his parents shared in Omaha.

Court records say 51-year-old Evangelos “Van” Argyrakis is charged with felony strangulation. He told the Omaha World-Herald that he’s innocent.

Argyrakis is a lawyer and the sole Democrat seeking the post held by Republican Doug Peterson, who’s seeking re-election.

The records say Argyrakis’ 82-year-old father, Andreas, told police his son accused him April 8 of taking money from Andreas’ wife and repeatedly punched his face. Andreas says he kept his son from grabbing a knife but couldn’t stop him from choking him with both hands.

Andreas Argyrakis told officers he ran to a neighbor’s home when his son let go of his neck.

Information from: Omaha World-Herald,

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