CORAL SPRINGS, FL – A 49-year-old laborer allegedly held a woman he lived with hostage for five hours, threatening to kill her with a hammer, grabbing her neck, and then barricading himself from police, a police report said.
After a lengthy stand-off with Coral Springs police, Adam Zettel was taken into custody on March 20 and charged with aggravated assault, false imprisonment, domestic battery by strangulation, and domestic battery.
The dispute started over Zettel and the woman fighting over religion in their Coral Springs home, police said.
Zettel pinned the woman down on a bed with his body for about 40 minutes, police said. When he let her use the bathroom, he threw her to the ground. Their fight continued in the kitchen where he grabbed a hammer and told her: “I’m a serial killer…I’m gonna kill you.” Zettel then grabbed her neck and tried to choke her.
By that point, police arrived and the woman broke free and ran out of the house.
Zettel refused to come out, police said. Police surrounded the house and eventually came in to find Zettel hiding in an SUV in the garage. It took a police dog to get him out of the SUV.
He was treated and released from a hospital for injuries he suffered during the dog extraction and then taken to Broward County Jail.
In the end, the woman refused to fully cooperate in the police investigation, police said.