FOXBOROUGH — Two days before their divorce was to become final, Julie A. Saltis returned to the sprawling Colonial in a bucolic neighborhood she once called home to collect the remnants of the life she had shared with Glenn A. Saltis.
But instead of being allowed to pick up her clothing, jewelry, and other belongings Monday, she was allegedly beaten by her estranged husband with metal shelving, leaving her with a gaping head wound that covered her in blood from head to toe, according to a police report.
Despite life-threatening injuries, Julie Saltis drove 2 miles from the house at 72 Ridge Road to the Church Street residence she shares with her two sons, ages 20 and 18.
“Look what your father did to me,” she told her oldest son, according to a police report.
When authorities arrived at the Ridge Road house, they found blood throughout. It appeared that a struggle had broken out inside the closet of the master bedroom, according to authorities.
After a brief search, police found Saltis wading in the chilly Neponset Reservoir behind the house. Police grabbed a canoe, paddled to him, grabbed his arm, and pulled him back ashore. Saltis was pale and shivering, according to the report.
On Tuesday, he was arraigned on charges of assault to murder, mayham, and other assault charges. The arraignment occurred at Norwood Hospital, where Saltis, 49, was taken after his arrest. His attorney pleaded not guilty on his behalf, and Saltis was ordered held without bail pending a mental evaluation. He is scheduled to appear in Wrentham District Court on June 4.
According to the police report, he was treated for hypothermia as he was rushed to the hospital. Several neighbors said he had a heart condition.
Julie Saltis was on the steps of her apartment when police arrived. She was still covered in blood and was shoeless. She was rushed to Rhode Island Hospital; a spokesperson there declined to release any information on her condition Tuesday.
Among the items impounded was a rifle and $12,520 that belongs to Glenn Saltis.
Glenn Saltis is an electrician and electrical inspector for the town of Foxborough; town officials did not return phone calls to comment on his status.
The violence shook neighbors in the small enclave of Ridge Road, a peninsula jutting into the reservoir, where the Saltises lived together for years and raised their two sons until Julie Saltis moved out in 2011.
During their years together and since the couple broke up, there was never a suggestion that the end of the marriage would bring violence.
“I have nothing but positive things to say about the whole family,’’ said one neighbor.
The former Julie Bridges and Glenn Saltis grew up in Mansfield and got married when both were 24 years old.
The Ridge Road house is valued at about $600,000.
Glenn Saltis was to keep the house after making a $180,000 payment to his wife. He was also to pay $500 a week in child support, but would receive medical care from his former wife’s health plan. Under the agreement, Julie Saltis was to visit the house a final time to collect personal mementos, including art work created by the couple’s two sons, records show.Brian Ballou can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at @globeballou. John R. Ellement can be reached at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @JREbosglobe.