A Golden Gate man was arrested Thursday night and charged with a felony after he threatened his estranged wife with a large knife when she returned home from church, sheriff’s reports said.
Zeferino Grimaldo-Rivera, 56, 4765 31st St. S.W., was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and battery-domestic violence.
Arrest reports say Juana Badillo, 41, told deputies that she returned home from church around 11 p.m. Grimaldo-Rivera, whom she has been separated from for eight months, was waiting for her inside her apartment at 4510 Coral Palms Circle, # 8, Golden Gate.
Grimaldo-Rivera became upset because he thought another man had dropped her off, reports said. Badillo told deputies that a female friend from church actually dropped her off.
Grimaldo-Rivera became irate and punched Badillo several times in the head and chest. He went into the kitchen, where he grabbed a large butcher-type knife. He raised the knife over his head and charged toward Badillo, threatening to kill her, reports said.
Another person in the house stepped in between Grimaldo-Rivera and Badillo and intervened. Badillo ran out of the house, reports said.