Two locally-based Marines face assault and robbery charges after allegedly attacking a pregnant 18-year-old in Northern California.
The 8-months-pregnant Nicole Vultaggio was walking along a trail in Redding with Erica Swann, 29, on June 20 when two men robbed them and assaulted Vultaggio, according to an official with the Redding Police Department.
"After I got kicked in the stomach, I thought that [my baby] died," Vultaggio told KNVN in Redding.
She was rushed to the hospital and gave birth after an emergency C-section to a premature but healthy baby boy named Edan, she told KNVN.
"When the ambulance pulled up and I saw her, I fell to my knees," said Kim Vultaggio, Nicole's mother.
The suspects, police later determined included 20-year-old Lance Swann – the father of Vultaggio’s baby and Erica Swann’s cousin.
The other suspect was Jeffery Walton, 20. Both Walton and Lance are based at Camp Pendleton.
Walton confessed to police that he participated in the assault and robbery with Lance. He also told police that Erica was involved in the attack.
Investigators determined that the two cousins allegedly conspired against Vultaggio in the moments before the attack. Cell phone evidence revealed that Erica was texting Lance to inform him of their location.
Investigators served a search warrant at Erica’s home in Anderson, Calif. and found several items taken from Vultaggio during the alleged robbery. She was arraigned Monday.
A motive for the robbery and assault was not clear.
Lance and Walton were arrested and held at Camp Pendleton. They were then transferred to the Santa Ana jail. Watson posted bail and is no longer in custody. Lance is expected to be in the Redding Police Department's custody by the end of the week.
They face charges of attempted murder, conspiracy, robbery and felony assault. Lance also faces a spousal abuse charge.