Chilling note: ‘Call the cops’
WHEN a bruised and battered woman took her dog for treatment, she was so desperate for help she slipped the animal hospital staff a chilling note.
Police say the quick-thinking 28-year-old Florida woman, whose name has not been released, had been beaten for days and threatened with a gun by Jeremy Floyd.
So, when the woman - who had a swollen eye, cuts all over her fingers, bruises on her arms and legs - took her dog to the vet that she saw an opportunity to get help.
She asked to use the vet's bathroom and left Mr Floyd, 39, waiting with the dog.
Police say, when she was out of his sight, she slid a torn scrap of paper with a haunting message scrawled on it to a worker behind the counter.
"Call the cops. My boyfriend is threatening me," the disturbing note reads. "He has a gun. Please don't let him know."
The concerned worker followed her instructions and police officers quickly rushed to the animal hospital.
A spokesman for the local police force said officers found Mr Floyd with a loaded 9mm in his waistband and his girlfriend in tears.
He has been charged with aggravated assault with a firearm, false imprisonment, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of ammunition by a convicted felon, and simple battery.
Police allege he wouldn't let the woman leave their home in Deland, Florida for two days before the visit to the vet.
In a police statement reported by the Orlando Sentinel, authorities said he beat her and pointed a gun at her during a fight on Wednesday.
Police said Floyd told them the couple had been drinking and taking suboxone as well as what he allegedly recalled as "unknown white pills".
They said that during a violent struggle between the pair over the gun, two shots were fired, both which passed through a wall without injuring anybody.
The next day, according to police, the woman stayed in bed all day because of a head injury from the beating.
The Washington Post reports that the woman had a possible concussion, along with her other wounds. She told investigators that her head hurt and the pain made it hard to remember.
The Volusia County Sheriff's Office said on Friday the woman managed to convince Mr Floyd to allow her to take their dog to Deland Animal Hospital - where the note was handed over and Mr Floyd was arrested.
The sheriff's office posted a photo of the woman's note on Facebook. The sheriff praised the vet worker and everyone else involved.
"Thank God for the courage of this woman," Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood wrote on Twitter.
According to the Post, the woman told police she did not want to pursue criminal charges against her boyfriend and declined to co-operate further with the case.
Mr Floyd is being held without bail at the Volusia County Jail.
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