RUTLAND — A man placed on probation last week for allegedly assaulting his wife was arraigned yesterday on new charges stemming from an alleged assault his spouse said was brought on by her failure to properly cook his bacon on Sunday.
John L. Rutledge, 50, of 14 Patriot Lane, has been attending a program for “batterers” on a charge of slapping his wife and was ordered last week to complete the program. He was placed on probation. The arraignment took place in Western Worcester District Court, East Brookfield.
His wife had successfully asked the judge to keep in place a restraining order that forbade him from abusing her. But on Sunday morning, she called police and told them her husband had struck her in the back of the head. She had been turning over strips of bacon that were cooking in a pan when Mr. Rutledge became angry because “it wasn’t in a neat line,” she wrote in a statement she gave police. She told police he struck her and told her, “You’re going to cause your own death.” He allegedly pushed her onto the couch when she threatened to call 911, saying, “You’ll pay with your life.”
Mr. Rutledge allegedly told police his wife had threatened to throw hot bacon grease on him.
According to court documents, the former U.S. Marine told officers he had no guns in the house, but his wife and police found a .223-caliber assault rifle in the basement and ammunition and two unloaded handguns equipped with trigger locks in a safe in his closet. He was supposed to have handed over all weapons when the first restraining order was put in place.
The couple’s son was at home and told police he did not see or hear the altercation.
Mr. Rutledge was arrested and charged with assault and battery, violation of a firearms surrender order and violation of an abuse prevention order. He was held without right to bail at his arraignment yesterday and is due back in court for a dangerousness hearing and a probation violation hearing tomorrow.
Thanks, Tattoo Jim. Maybe women everywhere will read this and learn from it.