Police: Woman stabs husband after fight over TV remote control

Police charged a 60-year-old woman with attempted murder on Tuesday after she allegedly stabbed her husband in the head and back following a fight over the remote control, according to the Aiken Department of Public Safety.

Cynthia Pruitt Siau was charged with attempted murder and placed in the Aiken County detention center, where she remained on Wednesday afternoon.

The incident happened about 10 p.m. on Tuesday at the Date Palm Circle home Siau shared with her husband, 60-year-old Louis Harrell Siau III, according to an incident report.

Officers arrived on the scene to find Louis Siau standing outside of the home “covered in blood,” the report stated. An officer wrote that the victim had been stabbed twice, on the top of his head and in the middle of his back.

The victim told officers he and his wife had been drinking during the evening and got into an argument over the remote control, according to the report. His wife then stabbed him with a kitchen knife, police said. They have only been married for two months, he said.

Officers went outside to the rear of the home to try and apprehend the suspect, and saw her enter the kitchen from another room, according to the report. They then entered the home again and gained control of the suspect.

“While these three officers were trying to place the suspect under arrest, she defecated on two of the officers,” the report stated.

The suspect was “highly intoxicated” and was not responsive to commands from officers.

While investigating, officers found blood drops from the back door to the front of the home, and a knife on the floor in the kitchen with blood and hair on it, according to the report.

Louis Siau's condition was not known on Wednesday afternoon.

Teddy Kulmala covers the crime beat for the Aiken Standard and has been with the newspaper since August 2012. He is a native of Williston and majored in communication studies at Clemson University.

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