Bakersfield man accused of trying to attack wife with sword

KCSO: Man strangled wife, pinned her to wall

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - On Friday at about 7:20 p.m., deputies were sent to the 600 block of Guinness Street in Bakersfield on a report of someone brandishing a sword. 

The person reporting the incident identified herself as the victim and identified the suspect as her husband, 29-year-old Bakersfield resident William Ayala. 

Deputies said they found out that whole alleged attack began in the 500 block of Dublin Manor a few minutes before the woman called.   Other deputies said they found Ayala nearby and detained him.  

During the investigation, deputies learned Ayala and his wife began to argue.  The argument escalated to the point Ayala pinned her against a wall and began to strangle her, deputies said.  He then tried to strike her in the head with a sword, deputies said.  The woman was able to avoid being struck by the blade, deputies said.  She was eventually able to escape from Ayala’s grasp and flee for help.  

After the alleged assault, deputies said Ayala's wife began having difficulty breathing and was treated and released at a local hospital. 

Ayala was arrested and booked into the Kern County Jail on charges of attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, domestic violence, false imprisonment, criminal threats and brandishing a weapon.

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