PALM COAST, Fla. — Sheriff’s deputies arrested a man Thursday in Knoxville, Tennessee, after discovering he tried to electrocute his wife.
The deputies were called to the Florida home to conduct a security check of the property after the homeowner reported suspicious statements made by his son-in-law regarding not letting a child touch the front door of the home.
Deputies said at the scene they observed that the front door appeared to be barricaded and there were burn marks near the door handle. A deputy kicked the door and upon doing so, a large spark was observed.
Authorities said it was apparent that the suspect rigged electrical devices to the top door lock and lower door handle in an attempt to electrocute to whomever attempted to unlock and open the front door of the residence.
After investigating, police say they determined suspect Michael Scott Wilson, 32, rigged the door in an attempt to cause great bodily harm to his estranged wife and that he also stole a firearm belonging to his wife’s father from the house.
Wilson was located in Tennessee around 12:30 p.m. on Thursday and taken into custody. He’s charged with two counts of attempted aggravated battery on a pregnant person and one count of grand theft of a firearm.
He is being held on a $150,000 bond and will be extradited to the Flagler County Detention Facility to face charges.