An Oakdale man has been charged with brandishing a 16-inch knife at a woman and threatening to slit her throat.
Joshua Lloyd Buhl, 32, is charged with making terroristic threats, a felony with a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
According to the criminal complaint, Oakdale police were called to a home in the 1100 block of Granada Avenue on Dec. 13 to investigate a reported domestic dispute.
Officers spoke to the victim, who said Buhl had been drinking and was upset “because he was not getting any attention in the house,” according to the complaint.
The woman said Buhl grabbed a knife from a kitchen drawer and brandished it above his head, standing a foot and a half away from the victim and telling her, “I’m going to slit your throat.”
The victim told police that she was frightened and didn’t know whether Buhl would carry through on his threat.
Officers spoke to a witness, who gave the same account of Buhl’s actions. The witness led police to a bedroom and showed them the knife used in the assault, which was 16 inches long with an 8-inch blade, according to the complaint.
Buhl has been released from custody on a $5,000 bond. He is scheduled to make an initial appearance on the charge Dec. 26 in Washington County District Court.