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  • 9 July 2010, 9:24

Mum held hostage over ironing

A US man has been arrested for taking his mother hostage at gunpoint for six hours after she refused to do his ironing.

Robert Edward Tyrrell Jr, 29, of Villa Rica, Georgia, is facing charges of aggravated assault and false imprisonment.

Sergeant Marc Griffith, of Carroll County Sheriff's Office in Georgia said that the man, who lives with his parents, insisted doing the ironing was "woman's work".

"Mama finally said, "I'm not ironing your clothes," and he went cuckoo on her," Sgt Griffith told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Tyrell pulled out a gun, took his mother's keys and mobile phone, and refused to let her leave the house, he added.

The 51-year-old mother eventually managed to escape, and went to a police station. She was unharmed in the incident.

Deputies were dispatched to the home where Tyrrell surrendered without incident. Tyrrell is due in court later this month.