A Florida couple has been charged with attempted murder after allegedly disemboweling the woman's estranged husband with a samurai sword in what police have described as a "horrific" Thanksgiving day attack.
Amanda Ramsey, 30, and her boyfriend Luis Rosas Nunez, 22, were arrested Tuesday in Volusia County. The two are facing charges of attempted first-degree murder, false imprisonment and aggravated battery over the brutal violence they're accused of inflicting on the victim, identified as Jackie Ramsey III. They're being held without bond,
Jackie Ramsey allegedly ran out of his house in Rockledge holding his intestines to his body after being slashed with the sword, according to local news station WFTV.
“He never saw it coming,” Rockledge Police Lt. Donna Seyferth told the outlet. “The injuries were horrific. I don’t think I can stress that enough.”
Nevertheless, he managed to survive the vicious assault.
"He's holding on," Seyferth said, according to Florida Today. "He's somebody with a will to live."
Amanda Ramsey and Nunez reportedly went to the Cocoa Police Department after the stabbing, telling authorities that the attack was committed in self-defense.
Penny Petro, Amanda Ramsey's mother, told WFTV that her daughter, who’s been living with her for the last several months, went to the house to bring their children over for a Thanksgiving visit. She doesn’t believe that her daughter would bring the kids along if she had planned on committing violence. Instead, she claims Jackie was the one who instigated the whole thing by threatening her.
“He left and got a butcher knife, some kind of knife, and was attacking her,” Petro told WFTV.
Seyferth, however, said detectives found evidence to the contrary, and suggested that the attack had indeed been planned in advance.
"Their version of events was definitely different from the one we were ultimately able to get from the victim," Seyferth said to WFTV. "The victim's was far more plausible."
Additionally, police said they believe Nunez was the one who actually wielded the weapon, according to the Daytona Beach News-Journal.
Jackie Ramsey reportedly had no idea that his wife, who he married on Valentine's Day in 2017, was in a relationship with Nunez at the time of the incident, according to police.
Just four days after the attack, Amanda Ramsey filed for divorce. She cited "an immediate history of violence, abuse and neglect" on the paperwork.
Rockledge police, however, said the department had never received a previous domestic disturbance call from the Ramseys.
[Photo Credits: Volusia County Jail]
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