Rachel Poole was at home in Texas this week, nine months pregnant and talking on the phone with her husband, Justin, who was thousands of miles away, deployed overseas with the U.S. Army.
But neither knew that a man armed with a knife had broken into their east El Paso home.
The intruder stabbed Rachel Poole multiple times in the face and body. Poole screamed as her husband listened helplessly, police said.
After the attacker fled, Rachel Poole called 911 and was taken to a local hospital, where police said she was in critical condition Thursday. The unborn baby was not harmed, police said.
Poole apparently recognized her attacker and shouted his name aloud during the call, according to an affidavit released to local television station KFOX. Poole’s husband alerted fellow soldiers about the attack.
Ft. Bliss Military Police arrested Corey Bernard Moss, 19, at the Army base in connection with the stabbing. He is a private in the Army, military officials said.
Moss was handed over to El Paso Police, a Ft. Bliss spokesman said. He was being held at the El Paso County Detention Facility and faces a charge of attempted capital murder. Bail was set at $60,000, police said.
Poole, 31, told authorities that she believed Moss owed her husband money for a vehicle repair, police said.
Justin Poole declined to comment to the Los Angeles Times.
Before residing in El Paso, Rachel Poole lived near Newport News, Va., according to her former employer.