Florida man Michael Scott Wilson, 32, has allegedly attempted to cause serious harm (or perhaps death) to his estranged, pregnant wife by rigging a door to electrocute her. The makeshift trap was thwarted by police.
According to First Coast News, Wilson hooked up electrical devices to the front and bottom locks and handle of his door, affixing the mechansim to the entrance with clamps, in the hopes of shocking his partner.
Wilson's wife told police that she was insructed to "use the front door because the garage door is not going to open." She was also told to warn their child not to open the door because, "[I] don't want her getting hurt."
The woman's father had alerted the police department to the situation after hearing suspicious statements from Wilson.
“This is one of the most bizarre domestic violence cases I have seen in my career,” said sheriff Rick Staly. “Not only did this man plan to electrocute his wife, but he could have injured a deputy or any person attempting to enter this residence. Thankfully this man was found and taken into custody before he could cause the harm he intended.”
The door was discovered with visible burn marks and a barricade. A spark flew from the device when police kicked the door in.
The wiring of the device appeared to be created from a lamp's electrical bulb. Wilson created an on/off switch for the device, as well. It was plugged into a nearby outlet.
Wilson now faces charges of attempted aggravated battery on a pregnant person and grand theft of a firearm, according to WFTV. He will also be charged with possession of methamphetamine as Knoxville officers discovered 1.8 grams of the illegal substance in a bag in his shoe, according to an arrest warrant.
A motive for the crime is currently unknown. No one was injured. Wilson was found in Knoxville, Tennessee on Thursday, where he was arrested and taken into police custody. He is currently being held on a $150,000 bond; it is unclear if he has an attorney. Additional charges are pending.
[Photo: Flagler County Sheriff’s Office]