Firefighter accused of luring wife’s boyfriend, then forcing her to watch beatdown
A firefighter in Phoenix allegedly kidnapped and beat his wife’s boyfriend after luring him to their home using her cellphone — and then forced her to watch the assault, court records say.
David Johnathan Lee, 32, was arrested last week after he allegedly handcuffed and beat the man in the garage of the couple’s north Phoenix home on Aug. 1, according to police records filed with the court cited by the Arizona Republic.
Lee lured the man by texting him to “come to the front door and don’t say anything at all” at about 12:50 a.m., court records show. Once there, the man was taken into a garage by Lee, who was armed with a gun and a knife. Lee then forced the man to handcuff himself to a chair while making his wife stay to watch the assault.
Investigators say in court records that Lee gagged the man with a pair of panties, slapped his ears and kicked him in the groin. The man also was cut when a knife was held to his ear, and he thought he was going to lose consciousness from the kicks to the groin he suffered, according to his statement to police.
Lee also allegedly choked the man, put pressure on an artery in his neck, pointed a gun at his head and a knife at his crotch, court records indicate.