An Orange County man is charged with attempted murder after police said he stabbed his pregnant girlfriend multiple times. Investigators said the woman survived the alleged attack, but suffered 12 stab wounds and a broken arm.
A chilling call to a 911 dispatcher captured the victim's screams. The dispatcher was able to locate the woman by using GPS tracking of her cellphone, then deputies rushed to find her.
Dispatcher Katherine Perron said it was around 3:30 a.m. on Saturday morning, when she received the disturbing.
"I knew something was wrong, because she just kept screaming, and then you didn't hear anything," she said.
"Get off me! Help!" the woman is heard shouting in the 911 recording. "Help! Help me! Somebody!"
The victim didn't think her 911 call even went through, Perron said.
"She probably didn't know we had an open line, I don't think."
Perron and her supervisor directed deputies to go to a home on Winder Trail. When deputies arrived to the scene, they said they found the victim covered in blood.
"I saw a male following her, and then she screamed, 'Help!' and the hairs on the back of your neck stand up a little bit more than they were," said Orange County Sheriff's Deputy William Dover.
He said the victim was staggering but able to walk to his patrol car. He took the suspect, Frank Defulgentis, into custody.
"Held him at gunpoint, had him get down on the ground. He actually complied with every command," said Dover.
According to the arrest affidavit, Defulgentis, 43, stabbed the victim with a steak knife after she told him that she did not want to move in with him. Deputies said she is 6-months pregnant with his child.
"He did say that he wasn't trying to kill her," Dover said.
Perron spoke with the media on Thursday, saying she is relieved the victim will survive.
"She fought for her life and that's why she's alive today," she said.
She advises anyone who runs into trouble to call 911 with an address. If the suspect is there, she says victims can still relay information in a different way.
"If you can say it very low, answer questions 'yes' or 'no' that way, because we're trained for that. If we cannot talk to you, because he's right there, we can ask you questions."
The victim was released from the hospital. An additional count of attempted murder may be brought against Defulgentis, because the victim is pregnant.