An Arizona man is in police custody after allegedly punching and trying to strangle his wife, reportedly telling her that his “Islamic belief” gives him the right to kill her, WFSB-TV reported.
According to court paperwork, Ansar Muhammad, 43, attacked his wife over the weekend after accusing her of having an affair.
He reportedly carried her from the family home to his car before driving and parking behind a local pharmacy, where he purportedly punched her repeatedly and attempted to cut off her air supply.
Muhammad allegedly then brought his wife back to their home, where he threatened to throw her in a nearby lake; she cannot swim.
He then took away her phone and sexually assaulted her, according to court paperwork.
The couple’s three children were apparently asleep inside the home at the time of the incident.
The woman was able to phone police after her husband fell asleep.
Muhammad was reportedly arrested Saturday morning on suspicion of aggravated and sexual assault as well as unlawful imprisonment. He is being held without bond.