SALEM A man was arrested Wednesday after he threatened his wife with a gun, claiming that she had put listening devices in the walls of their home, deputies said.
Alvaro Esquivel-Quiroz, 29, returned from work to his home on 47th Avenue Southeast Tuesday and began to accuse his wife of conspiring with neighbors and installing listening devices in the walls of their home, according to Sgt. Chris Baldridge of the Marion County Sheriff s Office.
Esquivel-Quiroz s told deputies, he then pulled out a .22 caliber handgun to her head and assaulted her and menaced her with the gun through the night, Baldridge said.
His wife called officers Wednesday after Esquivel-Quiroz went to work.
Deputies arrived at the home and found methamphetamine, methamphetamine paraphernalia, .22 caliber ammunition and a gun that was reported stolen in 2010. Meth may have played a role in Esquivel-Quiroz's erratic behavior and delusions, Baldridge said.
Esquivel-Quiroz was charged with assault, coercion, unlawful use of a weapon, possession of meth, menacing, theft and reckless endangering.