PALM COAST, Florida – A Florida man was arrested in Tennessee after Flagler County Sheriff’s deputies say he rigged the front door to electrocute his pregnant wife in Palm Coast, Florida.
On December 26, 2017, deputies responded to 110 White Hall Drive in Palm Coast to conduct a security check of the property after the homeowner contacted authorities about suspicious statements made by his son-in-law regarding not letting a child touch the front door of the father-in-law’s home.
When deputies arrived, they observed that the front door appeared to be barricaded and there were burn marks near the door handle. A deputy then kicked the door and upon doing so, a large spark was observed.
Based on observations made by the deputies on scene, they concluded that 32-year-old Michael Scott Wilson rigged electrical devices to the top door lock and lower door handle in an attempt to electrocute and cause serious bodily injury, or even death, to whomever attempted to unlock and open the front door of the residence.
Deputies believe that Wilson rigged the door in an attempt to cause great bodily harm to his estranged pregnant wife. Deputies say that he also stole a firearm belonging to his wife’s father from the house.
A warrant was later issued for Wilson’s arrest and he was located in Knoxville, Tennessee, around 12:30 p.m. on Thursday and taken into custody.
Wilson is charged with two counts of attempted aggravated battery on a pregnant person and one count of grand theft of a firearm. The Florida man is being held on a $150,000.00 bond and will be extradited to the Flagler County Detention Facility to face charges.
“This is one of the most bizarre domestic violence cases I have seen in my career,” said Flagler County 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.”