Police: Man intended to stab wife, kill self

EXETER - A Birdsboro man who allegedly waited inside his estranged wife's Exeter home for more than 2 1/2 hours Monday, intending to kill her a with kitchen knife when she came home for lunch, has been charged with attempted murder.

Police said Brian Slifer, 44, who has a listed address in the 1200 block of Dauphin Place, Exeter, but was reportedly living at 800 Union St., Birdsboro, at the time of the incident, also sexually assaulted his wife inside her residence after he waved the knife at her and told her to go into the bedroom.

After police took Slifer into custody Monday afternoon, he admitted he intended 'to kill' his wife, and said he planned 'to stab her,' but when he couldn't stab her, he choked her. He said he intended to kill himself afterward, according to the criminal complaint filed by Exeter Township Police Officer Joseph Malone.

Malone explained in court papers that police were called to the 1200 block of Dauphin Place around 12:51 p.m. Monday for an assault that occurred earlier in the day. When police arrived, they were met by the victim who detailed the incident.

As indicated in the arrest affidavit, the victim said she arrived home around 11 a.m. Monday for lunch and noticed her curtains were closed and it was dark inside the residence. As she was opening the curtains, Slifer, her estranged husband, allegedly came around the corner from the living room and grabbed her. He allegedly told her, 'We have some talking to do.'

When the victim tried to yell for help, Slifer allegedly grabbed a large knife from the kitchen and 'started waving it at' the victim and told the victim to go into the bedroom.

The victim told police she began pleading with Slifer, even trying to talk to him about their children. When she began yelling loudly, Slifer allegedly grabbed her by the throat and started choking her, according to the affidavit.

The victim told police she passed out at one point during the assault and when she came to, she realized Slifer had let go of her neck; however, he again grabbed her and told her to go into the bedroom to have sex with him. The victim said Slifer had the knife in his hand the whole time, according to the affidavit.

When the victim went into the bedroom, Slifer allegedly sexually assaulted her, police indicated in the affidavit. The victim said she continued talking to him about their children and told him she had an appointment and if she wasn't there, people would know something was wrong. At that point, Slifer allegedly asked the victim for $60 and told her to drive him back to Birdsboro. The victim complied, and after dropping him off at a park near Birdsboro Borough Hall, she returned home and called a family resource specialist who was still with her when police arrived.

Police asked the victim whether Slifer was permitted in her residence, and she said he had not been permitted inside for the past six months, according to the affidavit. She surmised he must have used a key, as she had not had the locks changed, according to police.

Police learned where Slifer was living and contacted Birdsboro Police before they went to Slifer's Union Street home and took him into custody.

Slifer was arraigned at Reading Central Court Monday and charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault, unlawful restraint, indecent assault, terroristic threats, burglary and related offenses.

Judge Gloria W. Stitzel set Slifer's bail at $75,000 cash pending a preliminary hearing scheduled for July 11 before District Judge Phyllis J. Kowalski.

A search of court records shows Slifer has several prior arrests for incidents including indecent assault, corruption of minors, harassment and rape, among other things.

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