Police say neighbor violently attacked man he blamed for wife’s overdose

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SALT LAKE CITY — A West Valley man is accused of violently attacking another man because he blamed him for his wife’s overdose death.

William Timothy Teeple, 41, was charged Tuesday in 3rd District Court with aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony; aggravated assault and possession of a firearm by a restricted person, both second-degree felonies; two counts possession of a weapon by a restricted person, a third-degree felony; failing to stop at the command of police, a class A misdemeanor; and interfering with an arresting officer, a class B misdemeanor.

On Oct. 7, a man was sleeping in his brother’s apartment at 4000 S. Redwood Road when Teeple, who lives next door, came into the room, jumped on top of the sleeping man “and struck him several times with a handgun,” according to charging documents. Teeple then took the man’s pocket knife away from him and stabbed him in the arm and forehead, the charges state.

Teeple continued his assault by pressing his gun to the man’s head while stating, “Do you feel this? I will (expletive) kill you!” according to the charges.

Teeple then choked the man, kicked him out of the apartment and followed him to a convenience store at 4100 S. Redwood Road, the charges state, kicking the man in the back of the legs along the way. The man lost consciousness and told police he did not know how he got from the store to a local hospital.

When police went to talk to Teeple, he answered his door with a gun in his waistband and then slammed it shut when he saw officers were there, according to charging documents. Teeple then went out a back window and tried to run, but was arrested by police. He was armed with a loaded handgun and two knives at the time he was taken into custody, the charges state.

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While he was being arrested, Teeple yelled at officers that “they let the man who killed his wife go,” according to the charges. The man who was assaulted told police that Teeple blames him for his wife’s overdose, the charges state.

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Source:: Deseret News – Utah News

      

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