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Unpaid rent prompts domestic violence attack

Thursday, November 22, 2018

A Hammond man was arrested Nov. 2 after threatening members of his family with a large filet knife, police said.

Gary Milton Wood, 58, was booked at Clatsop County Jail on suspicion of domestic violence/menacing and unlawful use of a weapon.

Wood is accused of attempting to break into his adult son’s room within the family apartment on Jetty Street. His son, who was locked in the room with his girlfriend, called 9-1-1 to report his father was outside the door, sharpening a large knife and threatening to kill him, according to a probable cause declaration filed by police.

Wood’s wife told police she was extremely fearful for her family because her husband was yelling “I’m gunna kill you m—f—” and “You’re gunna die tonight,” according to police. He was making the death threats while sharpening the knife and pounding on the door, police said.

Wood told police he wanted to speak with his son because the son owned him rent money. Police had been to the residence earlier in the evening to settle a verbal dispute, which was civil at the time, according to the declaration.

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