Police: Man tries to commit suicide after kidnapping, stabbing wife

Tommy O. Townsend

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – A man was arrested after he allegedly stabbed his estranged wife in Fort Wayne, kidnapped her, and dropped her off in Ohio. Police said Tommy O. Townsend, 45, then attempted to commit suicide by crashing his car into a parked car in Ohio.

The Fort Wayne Police Department first started investigating on Sunday after receiving a call that a woman had been stabbed in the 4100-block of Strathdon Drive in Fort Wayne. Police arrived at the home and found a man, who was later identified as the victim Zaida Townsend’s son, in bed.

Townsend’s son was just waking up and told police he received several missed calls and voicemails from his mom. Officers listened to the voicemails and heard Townsend screaming “I’m calling the police!”

FWPD officers then went to Townsend’s apartment. When nobody answered the door, police used a spare key from an apartment maintenance man to open the door.

Inside Townsend’s apartment, police found blood stains on the carpet, but Townsend was not in there.

Townsend’s son told police his parents were in the middle of getting a divorce. He said his mom initiated the divorce, and his dad didn’t want to get one. Her son told police he caught his dad sneaking around his mom’s apartment and spying on her.

Police found Townsend’s car in the parking lot so officers knew she wasn’t at work.

During the investigation, FWPD detectives determined Townsend was taken from her apartment in Fort Wayne by her estranged husband and dropped off at a relative’s home in Piqua, Ohio.

Townsend was found suffering from stab wounds and was taken to an Ohio hospital in serious but stable condition.

After her husband dropped her off, he attempted to commit suicide by crashing into a parked car, according to police.

Townsend survived the crash and was arrested by Ohio police on an OWI charge. As of Tuesday afternoon, he was listed in the Miami County Jail.

Fort Wayne detectives have requested an arrest warrant charging Townsend with several other crimes that were committed in Fort Wayne.

The incident remains under investigation.

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