Knox County, Tennessee police report they have arrested a Florida man who officials say attempted to electrocute his estranged wife while she was pregnant.
WBIR reports that 32-year-old Michael Scott Wilson was taken into custody by the Knox County Sheriffs after learning the man had been wanted on a warrant out of Florida. According to reports, the warrant was issued for Wilson after authorities in Flagler were called to conduct a security check on Wilson’s residence. The property owner, Wilson’s father-in-law, called police after Wilson made suspicious statements regarding not allowing a child to touch the front door of the home, according to ABC Action News.
Police investigated the complaint and noticed burn marks near the door handle. After kicking in the door, investigators found “electrical devices” connected to the doorknob and the top lock of the door, believed to have been constructed with the intent of causing serious bodily harm or death to anyone who unwittingly attempted to open or unlock the door.
Further investigation proved that Wilson rigged the home in an attempt to injure or kill his estranged wife, who was pregnant at the time. In addition to the booby-trapped door, Wilson also stole a firearm belonging to his father-in-law.
In a press release following Wilson’s capture, Sheriff Rick Staly said, “This is one of the most bizarre domestic violence cases I have seen in my career. 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.”
Wilson has been charged with two counts of attempted battery on a pregnant person and grand theft of a firearm. In addition to the charges he’s facing in Florida, Knox County deputies also found methamphetamine hidden in Wilson’s shoe. Additional charges are currently pending. Wilson’s bond has been set at $150,000 as he awaits extradition back to Florida.