A holiday weekend away for a Concord couple ended Thursday with the husband in jail for attempted murder and the wife recovering from a near-death experience.
The couple were staying at the Highlands Inn, part of the Hyatt Carmel Highland hotel in Carmel, Monterey County, where the 51-year-old Concord man tried to strangle his wife on the evening of Dec. 27, according to the Monterey County Sheriff's Office. The wife says that her husband was intoxicated and angry when he grabbed her and covered her mouth and nose with his hand to prevent her from breathing, telling her that he was going to kill her.
The woman attempted to struggle free, according to the police report, and the man knocked her to the ground. The police report states that the woman begged her husband to think of their daughters and thought she was going to die. At one point during the struggle, she bit her husband in the hand in an attempt to free herself from him.
When a guest of the inn in the next room inquired as to what was going on, the man replied that everything was okay, according to the police report, but the woman yelled for help. The neighbor called 911.
The Concord man was arrested and charged with attempted murder, spousal abuse and criminal threats of death.