Man arrested trying to kill wife over divorce

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) - Alachua County Deputies have arrested a man accused of trying to kill his wife at a home in Haile Plantation. Deputies responded to the home on Southwest 45th Lane Saturday (2/3) after an argument between Michael Rueschel and his wife about getting a divorce.

Deputies say Rueschel attacked his wife with a knife, stabbing her multiple times in the stomach and neck, saying he wanted to kill her. Deputies say he then hurt himself saying they would die together, but eventually said he would let her live if she agreed to tell deputies someone broke into their home and attacked both of them.

"And that was one of the things that immediately was a red flag to both our deputies and detectives," said Alachua County spokesman Brett Rhodenizer. "The odds of, and as were reported by the defendant, an unknown, blurry figure coming into your home in the middle of the night to harm you is exceedingly rare. That coupled with the evidence from the search warrants and the statements made to our detectives really made the story not add up."

Both Rueschel and his wife were taken to the hospital to be treated for their injuries. His wife is expected to live. Reuschel is being held in the Alachua County Jail on multiple charges including attempted murder, false imprisonment, and tampering with evidence.