Man hit wife in head with claw hammer while arguing

Ronald M. Sutliff charged with assault with deadly weapon

Posted: 5:38 PM EDT Oct 21, 2013

A man who had been in an argument with his wife over his drinking hit her in the head with a claw hammer last week.

Here's what happened, according to officials:

Ronald M. Sutliff smacked his wife in the forehead with the hammer she had used to bang on the door of an upstairs bedroom where Sutliff had locked himself while they were arguing in their home Friday night in the unit block of Pool Road in Moore Township, Northampton County.

Sutliff attacked his wife after he came out of the bedroom and saw her walking toward a camper outside the home holding the hammer, some cigarettes she had rolled in the kitchen and cigarette rolling materials.

Sutliff grabbed his wife, spun her around, knocked the items from her hands and then hit her with hammer as she bent down to pick them up.

Sutliff's wife passed out from the blow, and when she awoke, Sutliff was dragging her back inside the house.

Sutliff's wife called a friend, who took her to the hospital, and police were then notified of the attack.

Sutliff, 52, was arraigned Saturday morning on charges of aggravated assault and assault with a deadly weapon and released on $15,000 unsecured bail, according to court documents.

A preliminary hearing is set for 9:30 a.m. Oct. 25.