DeLAND, Fla. – A man stabbed and critically injured his wife Sunday in a DeLand motel room, deputies said.
The stabbing happened around 4:10 p.m. at the Budget Inn at 2801 E. New York Ave.
The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office said deputies found a 48-year-old woman suffering from as many as six wounds consistent with being stabbed or cut.
The victim was airlifted to Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach, where she underwent surgery and was listed in critical but stable condition, according to deputies.
The woman’s husband, Alexander Fuentes, 58, of DeLand, told detectives that he stabbed his wife in self-defense after she started hitting him, sheriff’s officials said. Fuentes did not have any visible injuries, however, according to deputies.
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In a phone call to dispatch, he said, “She stabbed me, I defend myself, please come, please come help.”
He also told investigators, “he failed her, and he believed she was planning on leaving him.”
According to a charging affidavit, a steak knife with what appeared to be blood on it was found in the room.
When questioned, Fuentes said numerous times that he “lost it” and stabbed her in self-defense, the affidavit stated. Deputies said they could smell alcohol on Fuentes, but he denied that he had been drinking.
Fuentes told authorities that he and his wife have been married for 34 years.
Fuentes was arrested on a charge of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.
A judge on Monday ruled that Fuentes have no contact with the victim and cannot possess any firearms or weapons.
Fuentes was being held without bond at the Volusia County Branch Jail.