A man who allegedly tried to kill his wife and a North Tonawanda police officer pleaded not guilty in Niagara County Court on Thursday.
Thomas B. Simcoe, 42, of Courtside Drive, North Tonawanda, is charged with attempted first-degree murder, attempted second-degree murder, three counts each of second-degree assault and attempted first-degree assault, two counts of fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon and one count of endangering the welfare of a child.
Officer Jeffrey Smith survived an alleged knife attack from Simcoe Sept. 29 only because he had a cell phone and a notebook in his front shirt pockets, Assistant District Attorney Lisa M. Baehre told Judge Peter L. Broderick Sr.
"The allegations are that he attempted to stab the officer three times in the chest area with such force that two of the piercings pierced his cell phone, pierced his notebook, even pierced his body armor," Baerhe said. Smith suffered no knife wounds but injured his knee and ankle in subduing Simcoe.
Baehre told Broderick that Simcoe's wife, Stacey, found a kitchen knife duct-taped inside Simcoe's duffel bag a couple of days before the attacks. Baehre said the woman took the knife out of the bag and placed it in the living room.
The prosecutor said that was the same knife Stacey Simcoe found slashing at her when Simcoe awakened her by allegedly jumping her as she was sleeping on the couch. "He strangled her with a ligature, leaving her unconscious," Baehre said. "He attempted to bite her lip off."
Baehre offered these details in an effort to get Broderick to deny bail, annoying defense attorney Phillip Dabney Jr.
"There was no reason to get into it today," said Dabney, who said he may revisit the bail issue Monday when the case goes before Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza for scheduling. She was absent Thursday but will handle the case from Monday on.
For the time being, Broderick ordered Simcoe held without bail. "The circumstances as indicated by the indictment may indicate some mental difficulties," Broderick said.