Just another day in Southern California, ends up with a community protecting the victim in trouble.
A California man is being charged with attempted murder after allegedly trying to kill his estranged wife with two large butcher knives at their son’s flag football game.
The Orange County District Attorney’s Office said in a statement Tuesday that 43-year-old Russell Matthew Husges of Anaheim is accused of charging across the field at 40-year-old woman who was watching their 9-year-old son play Friday.
Spectators, including an off-duty Garden Grove police officer and the victim’s 9-year-old son, intervened in the attack, according to the DA’s office.
According to KABC that group of spectators were able to force the knives away from Husges before the off-duty officer handcuffed him.
Weeks prior to the attack, officials say the wife had been granted a family court order against the husband.
Husges has been charged with one felony count of attempted murder, one count of felony assault with a deadly weapon other than a firearm, one count of disobeying a domestic relations court order, and one misdemeanor count of child abuse and endangerment.
Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer says “The act itself is horrific, but to attempt to carry out this kind of violence in front of innocent children and parents is the stuff of nightmares.”
Husges faces a maximum sentence of life in prison and is currently being held at Orange County Jail, the DA’s office says.