Man charged for allegedly trying to throw wife off San Mateo-Hayward Bridge

Getty Images file photoA man was arraigned Monday after allegedly trying to toss his wife off the San Mateo bridge last week.

A Mill Valley man who fell into the San Francisco Bay on Friday was allegedly trying to throw his wife off the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge during an argument, San Mateo County’s district attorney said Tuesday.

Xavier Jarrell McClinton, 47, appeared in court Monday to be arraigned on one felony count each of attempted murder and domestic violence in connection with the bizarre attack, which reportedly took place on the bridge around 2:25 p.m. Friday, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.

According to prosecutors, McClinton was driving east with his wife of eight years when the couple began to argue.

During the argument, McClinton drove his car off the side of the roadway in an apparent attempt to crash it into the Bay, Wagstaffe said.

When the car hit a barrier and came to a stop, McClinton allegedly grabbed his wife, pulled her out of the vehicle and tried to throw her off the bridge into the water, Wagstaffe said.

Several motorists who witnessed the incident got out of their vehicles and barely prevented the victim from falling by grabbing her legs, according to Wagstaffe.

McClinton fell about 15 feet from the bridge into the Bay and was arrested after the U.S. Coast Guard pulled him from the water.

His wife suffered a gash stretching from the side of her mouth to her cheek that required several stitches to close, Wagstaffe said.

It was not immediately clear how she was injured, he said.

According to investigators, McClinton had been showing signs of paranoia over two weeks prior to the attack on his wife. He had apparently said that people were trying to break into his home and kill him, Wagstaffe said.

The couple have three young children together, the district attorney said.

McClinton did not enter a plea at Monday’s hearing, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

He is scheduled to return to court on Friday and is being held without bail at San Mateo County Jail.Bay Area NewsMill ValleyPeninsulaSan Mateo-Hayward BridgeXavier Jarrell McClinton

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

Approval process for Balboa Reservoir project gets underway

The mixed-use development would turn 17 acres of public land into housing by CCSF

San Francisco LGBTQ rights leader dead at 95

Lyon was married to Del Martin and the couple was the first same-sex couple to be married in the state of California.

Emergency housing made available for domestic violence survivors

Victims of abuse who are trapped during lockdown may have somewhere to turn

Sunset supervisor wants to keep Great Highway car free during crisis

Mar eyes empty roadway as ideal space for bicylists and pedestrians

Most Read