A Texas woman in her ninth month of pregnancy was brutally stabbed in the face and stomach Wednesday -- all while her husband, deployed thousands of miles away overseas -- watched helplessly through the phone, according to a story posted on Twitter from HLN affiliate KFOX.
Rachel Poole, 31, was allegedly attacked in her home while using FaceTime -- an Apple application that allows users to videochat over the phone -- to talk to her husband, Army Pvt. Justin Pele Poole, according to El Paso, Texas police. Police Det. Mike Baranyay said that the woman recognized her attacker and repeatedly screamed his name to her husband over the phone.
The victim managed to call 911 and was transported to University Medical Center where she was last reported to be in critical condition. Her baby is listed in good condition. Poole suffered fractures as well as stab wounds to the face and body during the attack, police say.
The suspect, identified as 19-year-old Corey Bernard Moss, was located by Fort Bliss Military Police and turned over to El Paso police. Detectives said they have learned that Moss was lying in wait inside of Poole’s house when she got home -- before he allegedly attacked her with a knife.
According to investigators, the motive involved money owed to Poole by Moss for vehicle repairs. Moss was charged with criminal attempted capital murder and booked into the El Paso County Detention Facility. His bond was set at $60,000.
Fort Bliss Spokesman Maj. Joe Buccino stated, "The stabbing victim's husband is deployed overseas in southwest Asia. He has been deployed about nine months."
Wednesday, Poole’s husband took to his Facebook account asking for help locating Moss. "If u are seeing this message find out what f---g hospital my wife is in and tell me the f---g whereabouts of Corey moss. He f---g went to my house while I'm deployed and stabbed her ten today," he posted on his wall.
He also expressed his anger and frustration at the situation, writing, “She is strong responding Isabella is still alive as well. Will update Facebook on what exactly happened and is still happening. As well as the surgeries needed when I get back to the states. P---d off is an understatement. I promised to give my life for this freedom not the other way around. I failed her but never again.”
According to Jason Koontz, Fort Bliss public affairs officer, Poole's husband is scheduled to arrive home Friday. Koontz said it is unlikely he will be sent back to finish out his deployment.