Ansar Muhammad (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)
AVONDALE, AZ (CBS5) -
A man who allegedly told his wife his "Islamic belief" gave him the right to kill her is behind bars after he punched and tried to strangle her inside his vehicle, according to a court document.
Ansar Muhammad, 43, was arrested at the couple's home in Avondale Saturday morning on charges of unlawful imprisonment as well as aggravated and sexual assault, among others.
His wife told police the incidents were sparked after Muhammad had accused her of having an affair, court paperwork said.
At one point, Muhammad picked her up and put her in their vehicle, police said. He then drove to and parked behind an Avondale Walgreens store, where the he punched her multiple times in the face, neck, back, chest and legs, officers said.
A court document stated Muhammad "used his hands during the assault to strangulate and impede the breathing of the victim."
His wife said she continued to try to get away. Muhammad told her he was going to kill her because he had the right due to his "Islamic belief," according to the probable cause statement.
Muhammad then drove his wife back to their home and threatened to throw her in a surrounding lake because she could not swim, court paperwork stated.
He told her to be quiet and not wake their three children before taking her phone and telling her to go to the master bedroom, where he sexually assaulted her, the court document said.
Muhammad soon fell asleep and his wife was able to escape and call police.
Muhammad was booked into the Avondale City Jail and was later transported to the Maricopa County Jail.
The woman was examined and treated for her injuries.
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