A western Pennsylvania man is jailed on charges that he threatened to kill his wife with a garden hoe and smashed items in their home, forcing the woman to take refuge in their basement for three days.

Online court records don't list an attorney for 51-year-old Fred Poore II, of Ambridge.

Police say Poore's wife told them he'd been "drinking for several days." She said her husband didn't allow her to have a telephone, but she was able to access his cell phone to call her daughter who called police on Tuesday.

Police arrived to find broken furniture and glass throughout the living room, and the hoe broken into three pieces. The Beaver County Times reports Poore was drunk and babbling incoherently when he was arrested on aggravated assault charges.