A California man who fell into the San Francisco Bay Friday was allegedly attempting to throw his wife off the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge after a dispute, San Mateo County’s district attorney said Tuesday.
According to Bay City News, 47-year-old Xavier McClinton of Mill Valley, appeared in court Monday to be arraigned, and charged with attempted murder and domestic violence in the attack, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.
At around 2:25 p.m. Friday, McClinton was driving east on the bridge with his wife, Nadia McClinton, of eight years when both of them started arguing with each other. During the argument, he allegedly drove his car off the road to try and crash it into the water, but hit a barrier.
Wagstaffe says that’s when McClinton pulled his wife out of the vehicle and tried tossing her off the bridge. Several motorists who witnessed the incident barely saved the victim by grabbing her legs.
McClinton plummeted 15 feet into the bay and was arrested after the U.S. Coast Guard dragged him out of the water.
Nadia McClinton sustained a gash from the side of her mouth to her cheek and received several stitches, NBC Bay Area reported. It was not immediately clear how she was injured, Wagstaffe said.
Investigators say McClinton showed signs of paranoia in the two weeks before the attack. Wagstaffe said McClinton thought people were trying to break into his house and kill him.
McClinton and his wife have three children together. He is being held at San Mateo County Jail without bail, and is set to appear in court again Friday, according to CBS News.