NORFOLK (CBS) – A 71-year-old man is accused of trying to kill his ex-wife with an ax and setting her house on fire in Norfolk.
A woman called 911 saying that she was locked in her bathroom because her ex-husband tried to kill her. Then, she called back frantically screaming that he set the house on fire.READ MORE: Target Will Once Again Require Some Employees To Wear Face Masks
Officers responded to the home at about 4:15 p.m. Wednesday afternoon and found 71-year-old Allen Stotts standing in the driveway holding an ax.READ MORE: Surveillance Video Shows Suspect Smashing Into, Running From Franklin Jewelry Store During Robbery
Stotts allegedly told officers he had tried to kill his ex-wife with the ax but missed so he set the house on fire with gasoline.
The victim was able to escape the home uninjured and was helped by a passing motorist.MORE NEWS: Barack Obama's 60th Birthday Party On Martha's Vineyard This Weekend To Have COVID Safety Coordinator
Stotts is charged with attempted homicide, arson, intimidation of a witness, assault and malicious destruction. He will be arraigned in Wrentham District Court on Thursday morning.