A Moore Township man threatened to kill his wife Wednesday afternoon after he choked her and she called 911, court records say.
Frederick J. Spess, 57, told his wife after she called 911 that she “would be dead before they [police] got here,” the records say.
”Here” is 3 Lakeview Court in the Hickory Hills mobile home park.
After making the death threat, Spess choked his wife again as well as kicked and hit her before she broke free, according to the records.
Township Officer Thomas Roberts writes in a criminal complaint that he found the wife, Cathy Spess, with blood on her left ear, a “red abrasion” on her forehead and “bright red marks” on her neck when he arrived shortly after 5pm.
Cathy Spess told the officer her husband shoved her while on the porch and once inside began choking her on a bed. She broke free and called 911, the complaint says.
The complaint does not say what may have sparked the incident.
Frederick Spess was charged with simple assault, recklessly endangering another person, terroristic threats with intent to terrorize another and harassment.
He was arraigned later Wednesday night by on-duty District Judge Robert Hawke of Lehigh Township and committed to Northampton County Prison in lieu of $15,000 bail.