Man threatens hotel manager with box cutter

Domestic violence, aggravated assault and child neglect are among the charges facing an Alabama man after an altercation March 27 at the Navarre Days Inn.

Chris Alford, 29, of Opelika, Alabama faces multiple charges after he allegedly attacked his wife and threatened a hotel manager in a hotel room at the Days Inn in the presence of his 2-year-old daughter.

According to a Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s office report, deputies received a complaint from the manager of the Days Inn, Theora Myers, regarding a call she received from one of the first floor hotel rooms.

According to the report, Alford’s wife said she and Alford got into a verbal argument over the food she had gotten for him at McDonald’s. The wife attempted to call 911, but he snatched the phone from her and pulled the phone cord out of the wall, making the phone inoperable.

The wife said she tried to flee the room, but Alford stopped her. He then proceeded to sit on her torso and pin her arms to the ground according to the report. Alford had a scratch on his neck from the incident.

Throughout this incident the report indicates that the child was lying on the bed, 3 feet above the ground. The deputy indicated that the child was unable to walk or talk and was in danger of serious injury if she were to fall without proper supervision.

According to Myers statement in the report, Myers went to the room to do a welfare check after she received a call. She said she heard screaming and banging in the room.

When she opened the door, the wife was able to flee the room with the 2-year-old.

Myers said in her statement that Alford threatened her with a box cutter, waving it in front of her.

She said when she indicated to Alford that the police were on their way he said “I don’t care about the police. I’ll kill the police, kill my wife and child, and cause the biggest show Navarre is going to have.”

The police report indicated Myers distanced herself from Alford. When officers arrived Alford was placed in custody in the back of a deputy’s vehicle. The officer indicated that Alford’s breathe smelled of alcohol.

Alford’s charges include third degree felony aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, first degree misdemeanor battery, third degree felony kidnapping of an adult, third degree felony child neglect without harm and third degree felony obstruction of justice threatening a victim.

All but the aggravated assault charge are listed as domestic violence related.

Alford was released Wednesday from Santa Rosa County Jail on $500 bond.

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