A Salt Lake City man is accused of threatening his family with a machete and then using it to slash the tires of their escape vehicle.
In charges filed Tuesday, police wrote that the man was arguing with his wife Friday at their home near 2200 East and 2100 South, when he held a machete to his wife's throat and told her she "was not leaving this house."
When she asked to leave, he told her to shut up and that he was going to kill her and their three children, police wrote. An 11-year-old daughter told police she heard her mother yell, "Please help me!" and she saw her father swing the machete at her mother, slashing a couch instead.