SPRING HILL — What began as a minor spat between a married couple turned violent when a 54-year-old man threatened to cut off his wife's head and lunged at her with a knife multiple times this weekend, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.
Randall Sanders Jr. was arrested Saturday night on a charge of attempted murder after the incident, which occurred in their home at 13116 Sherman Drive, authorities say.
The wife was not identified in a deputy's report. The incident started after a minor argument, deputies said, which led the wife to go to their bedroom to watch television.
Just before 8 p.m., the wife told deputies, Sanders kicked open their locked bedroom door and came at her with a large kitchen knife.
She said she tried back away from him and move closer to the headboard, deputies said, when Sanders stabbed their bed about 3 feet from her legs.
"I'm going to cut your head off!" he screamed at her, according to the arrest affidavit.
Sanders repeatedly lunged at the victim and demanded that she hand over her phone to prevent her from calling for help, the wife told deputies.
She was able to dodge Sanders multiple times, deputies said, but could not leave the room because Sanders stood between her and the doorway.
After her husband had left the room, the victim grabbed her gun, her cellphone from beneath the bed, and then ran to hide in another room, where she called 911.
The wife said that Sanders left her "in fear for her life," and that if he had tried to enter the room, she would have shot him.
When deputies arrived they said they found Sanders in his kitchen, stuck in a collapsed table, with his loaded shotgun lying on the floor and out of his reach.
Deputies reviewed video footage taken inside the home and said it showed Sanders going toward the bedroom, armed with the shotgun.
He was arrested around 10 p.m. The wife told deputies that they have been married for up to four years and do not have children.
Sanders was being held Tuesday at the Pasco County jail in lieu of $250,000 bail.