EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Authorities say a soldier deployed overseas was chatting by videoconference with his pregnant wife in West Texas when she was repeatedly stabbed by a Fort Bliss soldier.
A police affidavit accuses 19-year-old Corey Moss of breaking into 31-year-old Rachel Poole's El Paso home Saturday and waiting for her so he could confront her about money she owed.
When Poole arrived, she was chatting with her husband in Southwest Asia using Face Time, an Apple video chat service. Police say Moss attacked Poole from behind, hitting her and stabbing her with a steel folding knife.
She immediately recognized the assailant and started screaming his identity to her husband, who could hear the struggle over the phone, the affidavit said. Moss eventually knocked Poole to the ground, where he kept hitting and stabbing her.
Both the husband, Justin Poole, and Moss belong to the same Air Defense Artillery Brigade in Fort Bliss. Moss left and called a co-worker to pick him up, police said. Meanwhile, the husband called other co-workers of Moss so that they would confront him upon returning to Fort Bliss.
Poole was hospitalized. Her condition and that of her fetus weren't immediately known.
Fort Bliss spokesman Joe Buccino said Justin Poole has since returned from his deployment to be with his wife.
Moss is being held at the El Paso County Jail on a $150,000 bond. There were no details available for an attorney for Moss.