FORT MYERS, Fla. - Tracey Marazzi faced her alleged attacker, John Maatsch, again Tuesday morning as he made his first appearance in court since his arrest.
Marazzi showed up to beg the judge to deny Maatsch bond, saying she has feared for her life and her son's life since the attack.
Maatsch faces charges of occupied burglary with a battery and aggravated battery, after police say he entered Marazzi's home in the Paseo neighborhood last Wednesday while she slept.
"I don't know how long he stood there and looked at me while I slept before he stabbed me in the chest," Marazzi told the judge tearfully.
"He stabbed me three times, just missed my artery by less than a millimeter, collapsed my lung. He almost killed me. He went to attack my child, and I fought against him to get my kid and myself out of the house."
Though police say Maatsch is a neighbor, Marazzi never saw him before the incident. She doesn't know how he gained entry to her home or why she was targeted.
Maatsch turned himself in Monday night, after DNA evidence returned, linking him to the crime scene, according to police.
The judge denied Maatsch bond for now, until he can undergo a danger hearing, which is tentatively scheduled for Friday.
Marazzi is glad he's off the street but isn't satisfied with his charges.
"I want him to be punished to the fullest extent of the law," Marazzi said, following the hearing. "He needs to be arrested and booked with attempted murder."