A Cape Coral man tried to drown his wife in their swimming pool over the weekend, but she got away and ran to a neighbor for help.
Wolfram Geiger is behind bars — and he could get off easier than you’d think.
ABC7 spoke to the couple’s neighbors about the violent attack next door.
Geiger and his wife are both from Germany but own a home on SW 8th Place, where the incident happened Saturday evening.
“I saw a couple police cars pull up to the property across the street. I did see the police talk to the individual outside,” said neighbor Steve Miller.
Geiger walked out of his home and voluntarily surrendered to police.
“It really breaks my heart to hear that someone would do that to someone else,” said another neighbor, Olivia Dallacosta.
Officers say Geiger pushed his wife into their pool, broke her nose, and held her underwater by her neck.
“That kind of action is not acceptable in Cape Coral or anywhere in the United States or the world,” Miller said.
The woman was soaking wet, bleeding and bruised, but managed to get away and ran to a neighbor for help.
“Anytime a woman gets taken advantage of like that, it just pulls at my heartstrings. It’s just terrible,” Miller said.
Geiger was charged with battery by strangulation, a felony, but a less severe charge than attempted murder.
Neighbors who saw it unfold are baffled by that determination.
“That, in my opinion, needs to be attempted murder. I mean that’s absolutely not right; man, woman, even animals, that’s not right,” Miller said.
“I don’t think it’s fair in my opinion because I think if you’re that close to killing someone… she was underwater; obviously you can’t breathe underwater,” Dallacosta said.
Criminal defense attorneys ABC7 spoke with say the State Attorney’s Office could decide to up Geiger’s charge to attempted murder, but they would have to prove that he intended to kill his wife.
Heavy redactions from the police report make it hard to determine exactly what happened.
Geiger is not a United States citizen, but he’ll face a Lee County judge June 26.
He was still behind bars Wednesday night on a $10,000 bond.
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