By: Patti Weaver
(Stillwater, Okla.) — A 56-year-old Stillwater woman has been jailed on $10,000 bail on charges of threatening to kill her husband by slashing his throat and chasing him while brandishing two rakes bound together with a belt.
If convicted of two counts of domestic assault with a dangerous weapon, Patricia Alice Pierce could be imprisoned for as long as 20 years. She has been scheduled to appear in court on Feb. 3 when she can seek a preliminary hearing.
Pierce was arrested at the couple’s rural Stillwater home on W. 6th Street at 3:28 p.m. on Jan. 9, according to an affidavit by Payne County Sheriff’s Deputy Zach Wheeler.
The deputy had been sent an hour earlier to meet with Pierce’s husband at the corner of W. 6th Ave. and Cottonwood Rd., the affidavit said.
The husband said that while he was driving home from Oklahoma City, his wife became violent for an unknown reason, the affidavit alleged.
He said “while on W. 6th Ave., Patricia held a small knife with a black handle to his neck and a box cutter to herself threatening that if (he) stopped the car, she was going to kill him and then cut herself,” the affidavit alleged.
He said that when they arrived home, “Patricia chased him around the front yard with two rake heads that have been bound together by an old belt,” the affidavit alleged. He said “she took a mouthful of Clonazepam,” the affidavit alleged.
The husband was told to stay where he was while the deputy attempted to contact his wife, the affidavit alleged.
“I could hear Patricia crying and screaming inside,” the trailer that was locked from the inside with a deadbolt, for which the husband did not have that key, the affidavit alleged.
About 10 minutes later, “As the door opened, I observed her on the ground, crying and screaming,” the deputy alleged. She said she had twisted her knee, the affidavit alleged.
“She began to ramble and mumble making it very difficult to understand anything she was saying,” but the deputy gathered she had plans to see a child she had put up for adoption 15 years ago, but her husband would not let her, the affidavit alleged.
“I asked Patricia if she had taken any drugs or consumed any alcohol;” she responded she had taken four Clonazepam to calm her nerves, the deputy alleged in his affidavit.
“I then advised dispatch to have first responders come to the home to evaluate Patricia’s knee and make sure she was not going to overdose on the Clonazepam,” the deputy wrote in his affidavit.
The deputy located both the knife and the box cutter on the passenger side floorboard, the affidavit alleged. The woman’s husband had red scratches and light bleeding on the side of his neck, but refused treatment, the affidavit said.
“Shortly after, Life Net advised that Patricia was refusing treatment and that they could not do anything further for her,” the affidavit alleged.
When the deputy walked her husband back to the front door of his house, he “showed me where Patricia had sprayed the two bedrooms down with kerosene,” the deputy alleged in his affidavit.