Richard Armstrong of Mpls broke out axe and blowtorch when wife said she's leaving him
Armstrong didn't take news his wife wants a divorce well.
No doubt, it's not fun news for anyone to receive, but still, there are better and worse ways to react when told your spouse is leaving you.
File this one under the 'worse ways' heading: Richard Armstrong, 40, a resident on the 2800 block of 30th Avenue South in Minneapolis, allegedly ran after his presumably soon-to-be ex-wife with a lit blowtorch on the evening of September 17 after she told him she'd had enough of their marriage.
The victim told officers she began divorce proceedings against her husband that day and when she got home she found her husband on the porch holding a double-bladed axe wanting to "talk" with her. After getting her children into the home she attempted to talk to the suspect who then produced a blow torch, lit it, and chased the victim around the home.
KARE reports that the woman was somehow able to round up her children and escape to a vehicle on the street without suffering bodily harm.
Officers arrived and a struggle with Armstrong ensued, but he was eventually arrested. He told officers he was so intoxicated he doesn't remember the incident.
Armstrong's been charged with a felony count of making terroristic threats and faces up to five years in prison.
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