A Utah man who held his family at knife-point in August used a torn strip of blanket to hang himself early Monday in the Jerome County Jail, officials said.

Jesse George Andrews, 38, West Valley City, was found hanging from a shower rod in a cell bathroom on the jail's upper floor at 6:35 a.m. He was being held in lieu of $250,000 bond on a warrant from Salt Lake County.Andrews faced five first-degree felony counts of aggravated kidnapping and a third-degree felony count of aggravated assault for an Aug. 6 incident after an argument with his common-law wife over the title of a car, according to a probable cause statement filed in Jerome County court.

"He grabbed her, punched her, banged her head on the floor and attempted to choke her," the statement says. "When she stated she couldn't breathe, he replied, `Good, I hope you die.' "

When Denise Sheppard tried to call police, Andrews pulled the telephone away from her and wrapped the cord around her neck to choke her, according to the statement.

It says Andrews then forced Sheppard and their four children - ages 10, 9, 5 and 2 - into the living room while brandishing a large kitchen knife. He allegedly forced them to sit in the living room from approximately midnight until he fell asleep at 7 a.m.

Andrews was jailed after the incident but was freed on a $100,000 bond. He was arrested in Jerome County on Nov. 18, Sheriff George Silver III said Monday.

He had two of the couple's children with him at the time of his arrest, Salt Lake County sheriff's detective Darren Carr said.

"He would have been charged with more felony counts of child kidnapping and custodial interference," Carr said. Denise Sheppard traveled to Jerome and picked the children up after Andrews' arrest.

Andrews was scheduled to be taken to Pocatello on Monday, and Salt Lake County officers planned to return him to Utah from there.

Carr said Andrews also attempted suicide on Oct. 22 at the Salt Lake County Jail.

"He was found hanging in a shower by inmates when they came back from a church service," Carr said. "They cut him down in time."