WADENA – Fayette County sheriff’s deputies have arrested a Wadena man for allegedly strangling his father and trying to kill him.

Authorities allege 36-year-old Lonnie Vernon Davis Jr., who also lists a Clermont address, drove his father to an isolated area east of Wadena near the sewer plant on Monday and attacked him.

During the drive, before the attack, Davis and his father had been in an argument, and Davis told his dad he was going to be given a “hard lesson,” records state.

When he stopped the vehicle, he allegedly grabbed his father by the throat and shouted “you will be dead,” records state. He also told his father he was going to dump his body in the river, according to the sheriff’s office.

The father was able to escape and hide in the woods where he called for help. He texted his wife that his son was going to kill him.

The father recorded the attack on a recording device which aided in the investigation, according to the sheriff’s office.

Davis was arrested for attempt to commit murder.

Court records show that at the time of the attack, Davis was on pretrial release for charges in Clayton and Dubuque counties.

In the Clayton County case, authorities said Davis was barred from handling guns because he was subject to a no-contact order. Davis allegedly took a 9mm Taurus handgun from a vehicle that belonged to his ex-girlfriend’s brother in Garnavillo.

Davis had been staying with the brother at the time, and he told police the weapon was hidden in the lining of a child’s car seat as part of a joke. Officers found the gun loaded with a round in the chamber.

The no-contact order stemmed from an Aug. 6 incident near Luxemburg, Iowa, where he allegedly rear ended and side swiped the ex-girlfriend’s vehicle. Authorities said they responded to other disturbances involving Davis, including one at a dance studio in Farley where their child attends.

Davis had been arrested for stalking and reckless driving and is currently awaiting trial.

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