A woman who was held captive by her boyfriend for days found a way out when she convinced him to take their dog to DeLand Animal Hospital. While there, she snuck a pen off the reception desk, wrote a note in the bathroom, and then managed to pass it to people working behind the desk.
“Call the cops,” it read. “My boyfriend is threatening me. He has a gun. Please don’t let him know.”
Security footage shows the couple and their dog waiting in the vet’s office when police enter.
They search her boyfriend, identified as Jeremy Floyd, and find the gun she wrote about in her note.
Floyd, who is a convicted felon, was charged with domestic violence, aggravated assault with a firearm, false imprisonment, simple battery, and possession of a firearm. WFTV reports that his charges were upgraded to stalking after he called his girlfriend from jail 47 times in three days.
“I was terrified. I thought he was going to kill me,” said the woman, who was not identified because she is a domestic abuse victim. “It just became too much, because I would wake up and I would have 10 missed phone calls.”
She said the abuse that week began during an argument fueled by alcohol and drugs, and she was covered in bruises. She had to think quickly to save herself.
“I slipped a pen off the vet’s desk,” she said. “I went to the women’s restroom, and I wrote a note. I had it on my hand. I was still wearing my sunglasses, and I passed the note to the vet…I was shaking really bad, I knew the cops were going to come. But I took off my sunglasses so she could see my bruised eye, and we kind of had a secret head nod type thing like ‘I understand.'”
Quick thinking and the support of strangers likely saved her life.