Authorities in Northampton County arrested a 43-year-old man Wednesday evening after he allegedly threatened to kill his wife with a kitchen knife.
Palmer Township police charged Rupert G. Edwards with aggravated assault, simple assault, reckless endangerment and harassment. District Judge James Narlesky arraigned Edwards Wednesday night, setting bail at $10,000.
Township police were dispatched to a Queen Street home shortly before 6 p.m. Wednesday for a report of a man holding a knife to a woman’s throat. The victim told authorities that her husband had threatened to kill her following an argument over money.
Police report that the couple began arguing over paying bills, specifically the cell phone bill, when Edwards allegedly grabbed his wife by the arm and threatened several times to kill her, according to court records.
Police said Edwards also threatened to break the car windows with a hammer in order to get his wife’s cell phone. When they went back into the house to retrieve the car keys, Edwards allegedly grabbed the victim and held a knife to her throat, threatening to kill her.
Edwards failed to post bail and was sent to Northampton County Prison to await a preliminary hearing tentatively scheduled for Sept. 28.