Man arrested after chasing wife with blowtorch

7:38 PM, Sep 25, 2012   |    comments
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MINNEAPOLIS - A Minneapolis man is charged with making terroristic threats after police say he chased his wife with a blowtorch.

Richard Scott Armstrong, age 40, was arrested at a home on the 2800 block of 30th Avenue South just after 7:45 p.m. on September 17. Officers were called to the home on reports of threats being made with a weapon.

When police arrived they spoke to the suspect's wife, who told them she recently informed her husband she was filing for divorce.

The estranged wife told officers that when she arrived home that day Armstrong was waiting on the steps with a double sided axe. After she convinced Armstrong to put the axe down the victim went inside to call police.

She says at that point the suspect picked up and lit a blowtorch, and proceeded to chase her around the home with it. Somehow she managed to round up her children and escaped to a vehicle parked on the street.

Officers were able to arrest Armstrong after a struggle. When questioned later he claimed not to remember the incident due to being intoxicated.

If found guilty Richard Armstrong faces a possible 5 years in prison.

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