Police said Kola Bojoj, 40, cut the outside phone line to his wife's Crescent Place home about 10:20 a.m. and tried to pry open a kitchen window, as terrified family members tried to keep him outside. Police said Bojaj got inside by forcing open a sliding glass door with a screwdriver.
A neighbor called police. When Monroe police Officers Thomas Reinle and James Franklind arrived, they said they found Bojoj holding a 6-inch steak knife to his wife's throat.
The officers pointed their handguns at Bojaj and ordered him to drop the knife, but he refused, Monroe police Chief Dominic Giudice said. "At one time, he indicated he wasn't going to (die) alone."
Giudice said the officers hit Bojaj with pepper spray, grabbed his arm, and took the knife away. "He wouldn't let go of the knife," Giudice said.
The 37-year-old woman, who was not identified, escaped with minor cuts to her hand and forearm. She was treated at Arden Hill Hospital in Goshen and released.
The woman had an order of protection against Bojaj, whose last known address was in Queens, but it hadn't been served, apparently because he could not be found, Giudice siad. The woman told police he had been making threatening phone calls to her.
Giudice said the officers found a handcuff key taped to his chest and another handcuff key in his jacket pocket. They keys open any police handcuffs. "He knew that he was going to get arrested today," Giudice said.
Bojaj also ripped a railing off the wall and threatened the woman, her 19-year-old son, her sister-in-law, and her sister-in-law's 2 1/2 year old son with it, Giudice said.
He was charged with two counts of first-degree burglary, second-degree assault, first-degree unlawful imprisonment and first-degree reckless endangerment, felonies; and two counts of fourth-degree criminal mischief, fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, and criminal possession of burglar's tools, misdemeanors. Bojaj was being held for arraignment last night. He was expected to be held without bail.
Giudice said the neighbor "should be commended for getting involved. We got there quickly because she got involved, and we were able to avoid any more serious injury to the wife."