ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - GPS technology helped deputies save the life of a woman and her unborn child after they responded to a domestic violence attack in Orange County.
The suspect, Frank Defulgentis, appeared before an Orange County judge in jail on Sunday. Deputies said he tried to stab his pregnant girlfriend to death in a fit of rage Saturday morning.
The 43-year-old was arrested at his home at 9712 Winder Trail after the alleged attack.
"I was shocked when I woke up," neighbor Lois Wrubleski said.
The victim told Defulgentis, her boyfriend of 1.5 years, that she wasn't going to move in with him, according to an arrest affidavit. That's when Defulgentis attacked her with a steak knife, stabbing her more than 10 times, investigators said.
"From what I understand he stabbed her in the head, stabbed her in the chest," Wrubleski said.
Deputies said the victim called 911 while trying to run out of the house with Defulgentis following her.
An arrest report states the victim was never able to speak to 911 dispatchers. Dispatchers were subsequently unsure what was going on at the home, but were able to track the phone's location using GPS technology.
A deputy was sent to the home for the mysterious 911 call and found the victim in the driveway covered in blood.
The suspect surrendered and told the deputy, "I wasn't trying to kill her," according to the affidavit. Deputies said the victim is 6 months pregnant.
"I've been praying for whoever she was that she would survive," Wrubleski said.
Defulgentis is being held at the Orange County Jail with no bond. Hospital officials were unable to provide an updated condition on the victim and her unborn child, but deputies said they are expected to survive.