CARMEL HIGHLANDS

Man suspect of hotel spouse abuse

A guest at the Highlands Inn was arrested by sheriff's deputies after he allegedly grabbed his wife and threatened to kill her.

A guest in a neighboring room called 911 about 8:15 p.m. on Thursday after hearing the woman yell for help and thinking she was being choked.

Timothy R. Whicher, 51, of Concord was arrested on charges of attempted murder, spousal abuse and criminal threats.

Deputies said the man became angry with his wife while they were staying at the Carmel Highlands hotel and she wanted to leave because of his intoxication and anger.

Deputies said he grabbed her by the neck, covered her mouth and nose with his hand and threatened to kill her.

She bit his hand to try to free herself. She also begged him to think of their children, deputies said.

The next-door guest asked what was going on and the suspect said everything was OK, deputies said.

SALINAS

Bank suspect eyed in more robberies

Salinas police said a man arrested after a fiery attempted bank robbery on Thursday could be responsible for five armed robberies in December.

William Jones, 49, was booked into Monterey County Jail on numerous charges after a chase from a Bank of America branch at Northridge Center, police said.

A would-be robber with a pressurized bottle containing flammable liquid and a propane torch sprayed fire around the bank about 2:45 p.m., sending customers running from the building.


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Witnesses chased the robber outside and saw him get in a blue Ford pickup. Police began a high-speed chase that ended when the suspect jumped into a creek full of water near Virginia Rocca Barton School.

Four officers subdued the suspect after using a Taser on him twice, police said.

No cash was taken in the incident, and police said witnesses identified the suspect.

A girl in a wheelchair suffered a broken finger when her father tried to push her out a door to escape and the door closed on her hand, police said.