Authorities: Florida man tried to electrocute pregnant wife

Dec 31, 2017, 00:53
Authorities: Florida man tried to electrocute pregnant wife

Michael Wilson, 32, of Palm Coast, Fla., rigged the front door of his home with electrical wires in an attempt to shock his estranged wife, according to the Flagler County Sheriff's Office.

Flagler County sheriff's deputies were called to the 100 block of White Hall Drive in Palm Coast on Tuesday after the homeowner reported suspicious statements his son-in-law made about not letting children touch the home's front door, according to a news release from the sheriff's office.

Deputies found the door barricaded, with burn marks near the knob. It reportedly produced a spark when they kicked it down. But officials say the electrical devices could have electrocuted, injured, or even killed, anyone who attempted to unlock and open the front door of the residence.

Deputies also said Wilson stole a firearm from the house that belonged to his father-in-law.

"This is one of the most freakish domestic violence cases I have seen in my career", Flagler County Sheriff Rick Staly said. "Not exclusively did this man intend to shock his better half, yet he could have harmed an appointee or any individual endeavoring to enter this home". Wilson's wife says he "seemed to be a normal person" until falling a few months ago and refusing to get medical treatment. That was followed by text messages to her accusing her of cheating on him. The couple didn't speak until Sunday, when he told her he had been visiting family in Ohio.

Ashley Wilson, 29, told examiners after his capture that she petitioned for separate December 6 and that he had been focused on a psychological well-being office toward the finish of November, as per the paper. She said he hadn't returned home since then. He also asked if she installed cameras in the home to know when he was at the house. Inside they found the doorknob and deadbolt attached to a auto battery charger.

Upon further search of the residence, deputies found the pair of smart cameras, set up by Wilson's wife, thrown in a toilet. Some sticky notes, love letters and a photo album opened to a picture of the Wilsons together were on the bed.

After his arrest, deputies discovered that Wilson recently changed the marital status on his Facebook page to "widowed", according to the Florida Times-Union.

Wilson was arrested Thursday in Knoxville, Tennessee. When they searched him, deputies found a 1.8 gram bag of methamphetamine in his shoe. He will be extradited back to Florida to face two counts of attempted aggravated battery on a pregnant person, and one count of grand theft of a firearm for stealing his father-in-law's gun. He is now being held on a $150,000 bond and will be extradited to Florida to face charges. He had no previous record.

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