Man held estranged wife against her will

A has been arrested after police say he held his estranged wife against her will at her home and threatened to killer her and their children Thursday morning. Matthew Thomas Elton, 35, was arrested and booked into the Utah County Jail on suspicion of kidnapping, aggravated assault, three misdemeanor counts of violence in the presence of a child, and other misdemeanor charges in relation to the incident in question. Police received a report of a disturbance in progress and responded to the woman's home. When they arrived the report states that an officer witnessed Elton push the woman against a wall before trying to hold a door closed as the officer attempted to enter the residence. Elton proceeded to run into a bedroom, but was taken into custody without incident.

According to the jail report Elton had come to the home to try and get money from the woman's tax return. The woman told officers that Elton "had threatened to kill (her), their children, his brother-in-law, and then shoot it out with police." She also told officers he had been fighting with her all morning and that he began to hit and choke her in front of three children inside the home. She was also locked in a room and prevented from leaving. She was eventually able to contact police after obtaining her phone that had been taken away from her.

The couple had been separated for three years. Court records show that Elton has a history of assault-related arrests.

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