LAYTON -- A 50-year-old man is accused of trying to smother his wife with a pillow during a fight this weekend.
The saga began on Thursday when Carl L. Jones was arrested and booked in the jail for criminal mischief after police were called to his home during a fight, said Layton Police Sgt. Jeff Roderick. At that time, Jones had broken some items in the house.
He was charged with criminal mischief, a Class C Misdemeanor, and an arraignment hearing was set for Aug. 27. Jones had also been ordered to stay away from his wife when he was released from the jail on Friday, Roderick said.
But when his wife came home on Saturday, she found Jones had climbed into their home through a window and was waiting for her, Roderick said.
The two started fighting and the fight moved into the bedroom, where Jones pinned the woman down on the bed and put a pillow over her face.
"He said, 'Tonight you're going to die,'" Roderick said the woman told police.
The woman was able to fight off Jones and kept her hand between the pillow and her face in order to put enough space so she could breathe.
Jones held the pillow on her face for five to 10 minutes at time and repeatedly tried to smother her four or five times, Roderick said.
Finally she started asking him questions and then convinced Jones to get her a glass of water.
When Jones left the room, she escaped from the house.
Neighbors who heard the fighting, called police at 12:15 a.m., Roderick said.
Before police arrived though, Jones had gone outside to look for his wife and saw a man standing close by, who was a neighbor. When Jones asked the man where his wife was, the neighbor did not answer him and Jones punched the man in the face, Roderick said.
When officers arrived, Jones had gone back in the house through the front door and had left the home out the back door.
Police searched the area for Jones but did not find him.
At 5 a.m. a police officer driving by McDonald's on Hill Field Road saw Jones inside. Jones came outside and saw the officer and tried to get away, Roderick said.
Jones was arrested at the time and booked in the Davis County Jail on attempted murder, assault, burglary, terroristic threat, unlawful detention, interference with arresting officer, giving false information to a police officer and violation of condition for release after arrest for misdemeanor domestic violence.
There were no children in the home at the time of the fight, Roderick said.