Police: Volusia Co. husband stabs wife 8 times

Wife taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Published On: Dec 28 2012 07:51:36 AM EST
Woman attacked in home
DELTONA, Fla. -

The Volusia County Sheriff's Office says a man has stabbed his wife multiple times inside her home on Sable Avenue in the Dupont Lake neighborhood of Deltona.

Sheriffs said Abel Franco allegedly stabbed his wife, Waleska Franco, eight times with a kitchen knife.

Investigators on the scene told WKMG-TV Abel had been drinking, and started screaming at his wife. Waleska called 911 shortly before 6 p.m. Thursday and said her husband was being loud and had a knife.

"While the victim was on 911, she made a comment that the suspect was arming himself with a knife. Our dispatcher could actually hear some screaming," said Lt. Sean Gowan. "At that point, the suspect was stabbing the victim multiple times."

Police said Waleska will be kept overnight at the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. She reportedly was stabbed six or seven times, four times in the back, one on the elbow and also stabbed on her side.

Abel has been put into custody, facing attempted murder charges.

Neighbors speak out

MaBelle Lewis of Deltona said she can't believe she didn't hear screams coming from her neighbor's house.

"It was quiet, all afternoon," said Lewis. "I was out here with my grand kids and we didn't hear anything."

Neighbors said the Francos recently moved into the neighborhood and kept to themselves.

"Something like this, it's incomprehensible, because you just never know," said A. Ferrer, a neighbor.

Deputies said this was the first time they have been called to the house.