A Florida man tried to kill his pregnant wife by booby-trapping his front door with an electric car battery charger.
Michael Scott Wilson, 32, is in custody after authorities found his home’s front door rigged with an elaborate series of wires, chairs, and a car battery charger connected to his door’s lock and handle. The intent was to electrocute his pregnant wife after returning home from visiting family for the holidays.
Had his wife, Ashley Lauren Wilson, 29, come home and inserted her key in the door, it would have completed the circuit and sent a jolt of electricity up her arm and through her chest, possibly stopping her heart and killing their unborn baby.
The wife was saved when her stepfather, Jon Flositz, became suspicious after she told him that the husband had warned her against any children touching their front door. Flositz then visited their home in Palm Coast and found the word “Hi” along with crudely drawn eyes scrawled in lipstick on the back sliding door.
Alarmed, Flositz called authorities to gain entry to the home. When deputies tried to batter down the door, they found it barricaded. After a few solid kicks the barricade gave way to a shower of sparks, revealing the elaborate booby trap.
“This is one of the most bizarre domestic violence cases I have seen in my career,” said Flagler County Sheriff Rick Staly to WFTV. “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.”
By the time police arrived Wilson had already fled the scene. Before he left he broke into Flositz house and stole his gun.
Police apprehended Wilson in Knoxville Tennessee. He’s been charged with two counts aggravated battery of a pregnant person and one count theft of a firearm, but more charges could be forthcoming.
Wilson had been placed in a mental institution at the end of November following an unknown medical episode. His wife filed for divorce on December 6th.