Man booby traps door in deliberate attempt to murder wife
Palm Coast, Fla. – A man booby trapped the front door to his residence in an attempt to murder his pregnant wife via electrocution.
Officers with the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office were called to the scene by the father of the wife after worrying statements 32-year-old Michael Scott made.
The wife’s father overheard Mr. Scott that only his wife use that door and told the kids not to do so, because he “did not want them to get hurt”.
When they arrived, officers noticed suspicious burn marks alongside portions of the front door and appeared to be barricaded in such a manner. One officer kicked in the door and found an electrical device hooked up to the top lock and lower door handle, with all of it hooked up to an electrical outlet on the inside of the residence.
Officers noted one set of electrical wiring appeared to be a cord that had been cut from a lamp’s electrical bulb used for a lamp in a nearby bedroom. The cord had circular switch for easy on and off power and had the cut end of wiring wrapped into the doors locking features. The other end still had the wall outlet plug adapter affixed as seen on a standard electrical cord, officers added.
By then, officers knew it was Mr. Scott who booby trapped the door in a manner similar to how Problem Child’s Junior rigged a ringer on the door to electrocute LaWanda in Problem Child 2 – in a deliberate attempt to injure or kill anyone who opened the front door.
Officers listed these following items used to booby trap the door:
• two normal chairs
• one high chair
• shower type rod
• electrical cords
• a battery charger with clamps
Additionally, Mr. Scott stole a concealed firearm from the residence belonging to the victim or her father, officers noted.
There were no injuries.
“This is one of the most bizarre domestic violence cases I have seen in my career,” said Flagler County Sheriff Rick Staly in a Facebook wall post. “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.”
Mr. Scott was captured in Knoxville, Tenn. and was held for extradition to Bunnell, Fla. on charges of attempted aggravated murder, attempted battery on a pregnant person and possession of a stolen firearm, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports. All of the charges are Class A felonies.