A 30-year-old Riverview man faces attempted murder charges after he stabbed two people, shot them with a pellet gun and then sexually assaulted a woman with the weapon, deputies said.
As result of the assault, the woman suffered a spinal cord injury and may never walk again, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.
The events that led to the arrest of Francpiero Del Medico started at about 11 p.m. Wednesday. Del Medico stopped by a house and from the backyard, saw a man and a woman in bed together, deputies said.
Del Medico left and went to a Walmart, where he bought a pellet gun that resembled a revolver, according to court records. He returned to the home at about 1:30 a.m. Thursday, records show, and illegally entered armed with the pellet gun and a knife.
Once inside, Del Medico confronted both victims in a bedroom. First he shot the man in the face and struck the woman in her face, records show. Del Medico then stabbed her, shot her in the head with the pellet gun and then sexually assaulted her with the weapon while firing it, records show.
As he assaulted the woman, Del Medico later told a deputy, he told her "if it’s not me, it’s nobody else!” The woman’s name and other identifying information was redacted from court records.
Del Medico left the home, called the Sheriff’s Office and reported that he’d killed both victims, according to records. He gave the dispatcher his name and date of birth and said the pellet gun and knife were in his car. When deputies arrived, they took Del Medico into custody and found both weapons. He also “spontaneously admitted to the offense,” records show.
The man and woman were taken to Tampa General Hospital for surgery. The woman was treated for pellet gun wounds on her back and genitals and a stab wound on her back. Surgeons operated on her Thursday and removed several pellets, including one from behind her eye.
A nurse told investigators that the woman’s spinal cord suffered a “major” injury in the attack.
The man was treated for pellet gun wounds to his head and face and a stab wound to his back. He was scheduled to undergo surgery on Friday to remove the pellets.
Records show Del Medico was arrested at about 7 a.m. Thursday at the sheriff’s facility on Falkenburg Road and booked into the Hillsborough County jail on two counts of attempted first degree murder, two counts of burglary with assault and one count of sexual assault with a deadly weapon. He was being held Friday without bail.
The arrest came about three months after Del Medico was arrested for misdemeanor battery at his home on the 7200 block of Nightshade Drive, in Riverview’s Summerwood neighborhood.
Del Medico and his live-in girlfriend were arguing about 1 a.m. on Aug. 16, according to the arrest report, when he grabbed her from behind in a bear hug and threw over her a chair in the living room. A deputy noted the woman had bruises on an elbow and thigh and cuts on both elbows.
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He and the woman had been dating for about 18 months and living together for about a year, according to the report. Records show that case has not yet been resolved in court.
Del Medico was a server for Whiskey Cakes in Tampa at the time of his arrest, jail records show.
Times senior news researcher Caryn Baird contributed to this report.