NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla - "Please don't kill me!" a woman repeated desperately.
It was all a New Port Richey woman could whisper to a 911 dispatcher Thursday night. As she pleaded for her life, the dispatcher was able to track the location of the cell phone to an apartment complex on Main Street.
Very quietly, police officers walked alongside the different apartments, periodically stopping to listen for any signs of distress or to hear a female voice.
Then, they heard a woman scream from the east end of the building. Rushing to that area, officers say they stopped in front of #201 where they could hear a radio playing. One officer put his ear next to the wall and that is when he heard what dispatchers could hear, a woman crying, "Please don't kill me."
Three officers reportedly broke in the front door and found a woman in the back bedroom.
According to a police report, the woman was sitting on the floor and had visible injuries to her face and hands. Hovering over the woman, according to police, was Kraig Constantino, 43.
With guns drawn, officers ordered Constantino to show them his hands and get on the ground. Police say Constantino did not comply with the orders and told officer he was "on their side."
Eventually, Constantino was cuffed by officers.
The woman reportedly told police she left the apartment earlier in the day to go to her place of employment across the street. The woman said when the delivery man showed up, a man who had been making deliveries for nearly a year, she stood next to him to show him pictures of her dogs on her cell phone.
The woman told police Constantino walked in and became upset she was standing so close to the delivery man, according to an arrest report.
The report states Constantino began using racials slurs toward the delivery man. The delivery man left shortly after.
Constantino left but began texting and calling the woman and when she would answer him, he would threaten to burn her house down, police state in the arrest report.
The woman reported that when she returned to her home after work, the inside was trashed and several of her personal belongings were burned on the stove while others were broken.
Police say when the woman checked the top drawer of her night stand, her loaded .38 Smith and Wesson revolver was missing. So, she told police she locked up her residence and returned to warn her co-workers.
Thinking Constantino was going to hurt himself with the gun, the woman reportedly told police she went to his apartment to check on him.
After knocking on the door, the woman told police Constantino opened up, grabbed her against her will, struck her in the face multiple times with his fist and then grabbed her by the throat and squeezed so hard she lost consciousness.
According to the woman, when she regained consciousness, Constantino put her in a choke hold and told her he was going to break her neck and kill her.
The woman told police she tried to run but Constantino caught her, dragged her into the bedroom and then pointed the gun at her head.
Constantino then repeatedly pistol whipped the woman, the arrest report states.
Constantion allegedly warned the woman not to call police because if they showed up he would kill them when they walked through the door and then retaliate by killing her family.
The woman was able to call 911 and leave the line open for the operator to hear, ultimately leading to her rescue.
The woman was treated at an area hospital.
Police learned Constantino had only been dating the woman for three or four months.
Constantino is now facing attempted murder, aggravated battery during a felony, false imprisonment, infliction of bodily harm, kidnapping, tampering with a witness, aggravated assault with a firearm, grand theft of a firearm, aggravated battery causing great bodily harm, possession of a firearm by a violent career criminal, battery by strangulation and criminal mischief charges.