DeLand police arrested Eric Ortiz, 25, on Wednesday and charged him with principal to aggravated battery with a deadly weapon causing bodily harm. Ortiz remained held Thursday on $10,000 bail.
Police said Ortiz, in a jealous rage, stabbed his neighbor, Brandon Bonneville, 28, whom he suspected was sleeping with his girlfriend, a DeLand police report states.
Police were called to the Garfield Place Apartments at 500 Harrison Place at 1:11 p.m. Wednesday where Bonneville’s father said his son had been stabbed, a report shows.
Bonneville was taken to Florida Hospital DeLand before police got to the scene but investigators visited Bonneville at the hospital where they found him with a 1-inch puncture wound to his left thigh.
Ortiz claimed he stabbed Bonneville with a pair of tweezers over an affair but Bonneville said he saw a 7-inch knife hanging from his left thigh before Ortiz pulled it out and ran with it, police said.
Bonneville reported that Ortiz has been accusing him of having an affair with Ortiz’s girlfriend, Brandy Canales, 20.
On Wednesday, Bonneville went to Ortiz’s apartment to tell him he had been questioned about his children by investigators from the Department of Children & Families. Bonneville said Ortiz slammed the door in his face, police said.
After Bonneville left, he said Ortiz came out of his apartment and ran at him, stabbing him in the thigh.
Police searched a wooded area where a witness said Ortiz threw an object. Officers found a 7-inch knife with blood on it, said DeLand police Sgt. Chris Estes.
Ortiz claimed Bonneville threatened him with a firearm and told police Canales was a witness. Canales said she heard Bonneville say he had a concealed weapons permit and was going to kill Ortiz but she did not see a weapon, reports said.
Police said Ortiz is a known gang member with an extensive criminal history.
Court records show Ortiz has been arrested multiple times since 2007 for offenses including marijuana possession, obstructing an officer without violence, DUI, for habitually driving with a suspended license and violating an injunction for protection against domestic violence.
On March 1, 2014, Ortiz was accused of entering an ex-girlfriend’s Altamonte Springs apartment and holding a box cutter to the woman’s neck, Volusia County sheriff’s investigators said.
Ortiz threatened to cut the woman’s throat and leave her in a ditch if she didn’t drop felony aggravated charges filed in February 2014.
Ortiz was charged with kidnapping, battery, false imprisonment, attempted sexual battery without force, tampering with a witness, robbery by sudden snatching and preventing someone from calling 9-1-1. The latest charges March 1, 2014, stem from an incident when Ortiz sought out his ex-girlfriend, who was in hiding after breaking up with him.
Prosecutors dropped all the other charges except false imprisonment, assault and battery, to which Ortiz pleaded no contest and spent 122 days in jail, records show.