Pregnant Woman, Man Stabbed During Home Invasion in Naugatuck: Police

Naugatuck Police

A pregnant woman and a man were stabbed during an assault and alleged home invasion in Naugatuck on Friday and police have arrested a suspect.

Officers were called to a stabbing and assault call on Carroll Street around 9:40 p.m. When they arrived, officers found a man who had been stabbed in the head and was bleeding heavily.

Police learned from the male victim and witnesses at the scene that the assault happened on Carroll Street and that the man and a female had fled the residence after being assaulted. The man was able to give officers information about the suspect, as well as a clothing description.

Officers said they located the suspect, later identified as 63-year-old Rafael Hernandez, of Waterbury, walking from behind the house where the assault occurred. They said they noticed one of Hernandez's arms was covered in blood from what appeared to be a self-inflicted knife injury sustained during the assault. Hernandez was treated for his injury and detained while officers investigated and searched for the female victim.

Shortly after, officers found the female victim lying in the back of a nearby residence on Carroll Street. Officers said they observed that she was pregnant and was bleeding heavily from multiple stab wounds to the left side of her body and abdomen.

Both the male victim and the female victim sustained serious injuries and were transported to local hospitals for treatment, officials said.

Investigators also found two children, ages 16 and 9, hiding in the residence. They were identified as the female victim's children. They were not injured, but police said they were in the home during the assaults.

An investigation revealed that Hernandez is the biological father of the two children who were found at the home. Officers learned he does not live at the address, but came to the house with the intent to confront both victims. Investigating officers determined that Hernandez was not invited and entered the house. He then assaulted both victims with a knife that was found at the scene, officers said.

Hernandez is facing charges including assault, home invasion, reckless endangerment, risk of injury to a child and criminal mischief. He was held on a $2.5 million bond and is scheduled to appear in Waterbury Superior Court on Monday.

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