Late in November in Deltona, a middle-aged man and his wife were arguing over his unfaithfulness. The wife “became saddened after seeing [Cheating Husband] continuing to communicate with a [woman] he routinely cheats on her with.”
So Cheated-On Wife asked Cheating Husband to leave their home. She “then walked into the bedroom to separate herself from [Hubby] and calm down, but [he] followed her shortly thereafter.”
Cheat ing Husband started packing his clothes to leave, but he lost his temper and began screaming at Cheated-On Wife.
Wanting to see her husband get out as quickly as possible, she tried to help him pack. While she was doing this, Cheating Husband “grabbed her wrist and forced her arm and hand into her face, impacting cheek and nose area.”
He walked into the laundry room to get more items to take with him. His wife followed, and the couple’s quarrel continued there.
In spite of the bad feelings between them, Cheated- On Wife had packed a sandwich for Cheating Husband to take with him, and she handed it to him.
She also kept helping him pack, and that apparently irritated him (or his conscience was bothering him), so he “took the packaged sandwich and used it to slap [Cheated-On Wife] across the face.” He also “proceeded to throw and destroy multiple items within the laundry room before departing the residence.”
Someone had called the Sheriff’s Office about the domestic disturbance, and when deputies arrived, Cheated-On Wife told them Cheating Husband had probably headed over to his lover’s home.
Cheated-On Wife said she didn’t want to press charges, but a deputy noted that she had “slight swelling and redness on the left side of [her] face, consistent with her statement.”
In the laundry room, deputies found “signs of an altercation, as there were multiple hangers and items, which were broken and laying in disarray on the ground. The aforementioned sandwich was also observed on the floor and appeared to be smashed.”
Maybe the husband slapping his wife in the face with a sandwich she made for him is a metaphor for their marriage. (Which, of course, raises the question What’s a meta for?)
— By Keith Allen, based on local police-agency reports. If you have information about a crime, call Crime Stoppers, 1-888-277- TIPS. You could be eligible for a reward.