Police in Connecticut have arrested a man who they say ambushed a pregnant woman on New Year’s Eve and stabbed her nearly to death in front of her kids.
A 31-year-old New Jersey woman called police early Tuesday and said she had been stabbed in the neck, Hamden police Capt. Ronald Smith said in a statement. The woman was six months pregnant and bleeding severely. She was taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries.
She underwent emergency surgery and is expected to be OK, WTIC-TV reported.
The woman had been returning to the home of a family member after a New Year’s Eve party with her two children and fiance, Smith said. After the woman parked her car in the driveway, a man “ambushed” her, stabbing her several times in the neck as her children looked on.
The man was later identified as 18-year-old Naji Deneutte, Smith said. He had allegedly been trying to steal the victim’s car.
The victim was able to fend Deneutte off, Smith said.
Detectives were able to identify Deneutte as a suspect and executed a search warrant on his house Thursday. There, they found “several pieces of evidence” and a loaded, stolen firearm, Smith said.
Deneutte was arrested and charged with assault in the first degree on a pregnant person, criminal attempt to commit carjacking, theft of a firearm, criminal possession of a firearm and possession of marijuana.