By Patti Weaver
(Stillwater, Okla.) — A 32-year-old Glencoe man accused of threatening his wife with a box knife in the presence of their children has been jailed on $10,000 bail pending a Nov. 7 court appearance at which he can seek a preliminary hearing.
If convicted of domestic assault with a dangerous weapon in the presence of minor children, Pedro Alfonzo Sanchez could be given as much as a 10-year prison term, court records show.
Payne County Sheriff’s Deputy Zack Pruitt was called to the Sanchez residence at 9:03 pm on Oct. 4 regarding a domestic violence incident in progress, an affidavit alleged.
When Pruitt and two other deputies arrived to search for the suspect, his wife opened the front door and said that Sanchez had already left in a black Ford F-150, an affidavit alleged.
LifeNet and Glencoe Fire Department personnel assessed the family members, who all refused medical care, the affidavit alleged. While other deputies searched the surrounding area for Sanchez, his wife told Deputy Pruitt that her husband “had been drinking and threatened her with a knife in front of the three children who also live in the house,” the affidavit alleged.
She said, “she was in fear for her life and the lives of her children, so they took refuge in one of the bathrooms in the residence and called 911,” the affidavit alleged.
She said, “Pedro had hit the front door of the residence with a step ladder this night, which caused extensive damage to the door,” the affidavit alleged.
She “also told me Pedro had threatened to kill her with both a knife and a gun and had also threatened to kill himself,” Deputy Pruitt alleged in his affidavit.
She “informed me she did not feel safe staying at the residence because she felt Pedro would return later to follow through with his threats,” Pruitt alleged in his affidavit.
“I gave (her) a Wings of Hope card and informed her they could help her find a safe place for them to stay, and they would also help with the filing of an emergency protective order,” Pruitt wrote in his affidavit.
She “told me she and the children were going to stay with relatives until they were able to safely return to the residence,” Pruitt wrote in his affidavit.
Sanchez was arrested about three hours later at a gas station in Stillwater where his vehicle was spotted by Pruitt, the affidavit said.
“Upon searching Pedro (Sanchez), I found a blue Kobalt box blade style pocketknife,” Pruitt alleged in his affidavit.