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Police: Man tried to 'get the devil out of his wife' by wiping blood on her

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FILE: Layton Police (Photo: KUTV)

Police arrested a Layton man for assault after he allegedly held his wife in a room and wiped blood on her.

According to a probable cause statement, officers responded to a domestic incident Thursday morning where a man had reportedly kept his wife in a room for 15 minutes, during which time he was attempting to "get the devil out of his wife."

The man, identified as James Daniel Orcutt, 54, "cut the inside of his right palm and the back of his left hand," arresting documents state. He then wiped his blood on his wife's face and pants.

The arresting officer reported smelling alcohol, and Orcutt submitted to a portable breath test, according to the affidavit. The test returned a 0.176 blood alcohol level.

Orcutt was arrested on suspicion of unlawful detention and unlawful detention of a minor, a class B misdemeanor; and assault, a class A misdemeanor.

If you or someone you know are experiencing domestic or dating violence, resources are available to help. If you or a loved one are in immediate danger, call 911.

The Utah Domestic Violence Coalition hotline can be reached 24/7 at 1-800-897-5465, or the National Domestic Violence Hotline is available at 1-800-799-7233.

The Utah-based Rape Recovery Center can be reached at 801-467-7273

A list of local domestic violence shelters can be found online here. Resources and shelter are also available through the YWCA of Utah.

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