Calif. woman Catherine Kieu Becker cut off husband's penis, put it in garbage disposal, cops say

Catherine Becker
Calif. woman Catherine Kieu Becker cut off husband's penis, put it in garabage disposal, cops say
Catherine Becker

(CBS/KCBS/AP) GARDEN GROVE, Calif. - Southern California woman Catherine Kieu Becker drugged her estranged husband, tied him to a bed, cut off his penis and put it through a garbage disposal, police said Tuesday.

Becker, 48, was arrested on charges of aggravated mayhem, false imprisonment, assault with a deadly weapon, administering a drug with intent to commit a felony, poisoning and spousal abuse.

According to police, Becker put drugs into food and served it to the victim shortly before the Monday night attack in Garden Grove, a city about 30 miles south of Los Angeles.

After the 51-year-old man lost consciousness, Becker allegedly tied the victim's arms and legs to the bed with rope, removed his clothes and attacked him with a 10-inch kitchen knife as he awoke.

"He was conscious when his penis was removed," said Garden Grove police Lt. Jeff Nightengale.

Nightengale says Becker put the penis in the garbage disposal and turned it on.

According to CBS station KCBS, Becker called 911 and told responding officers that her husband, whose name has not been released, "deserved it."

When paramedics arrived, they found the man still tied to the bed and bleeding profusely.

The victim underwent surgery and was in serious condition at the University of California at Irvine Medical Center in Orange County. Nightengale said the man is expected to survive.

Becker, whose bail was set at $1 million, is due in court Wednesday.

The couple is going through a divorce, reports KCBS.