A Florida woman trying to flee a boyfriend holding her hostage at gunpoint managed to escape after she slipped a note to a veterinarian asking for help.
The 28-year-old woman’s note instructed the clinic’s staff to “call the cops” and that her boyfriend “has a gun”.
The couple walked their dog into Deland Animal Hospital over the weekend, where the woman handed a clinic worker a note that read: “Call the cops. My boyfriend is threatening me. He has a gun. Please don’t let him know.”
The animal hospital staff could tell the woman was shaken and scared and immediately called DeLand Police who arrived and arrested the suspect.
Caroline Reichle later told police that she persuaded her boyfriend Jeremy Floyd, to bring their dog to the clinic as a way to escape his physical abuse.
Reichle said the terror began two days earlier at her home. Floyd would not let her leave and beat and threatened her. She told authorities that she initially tried to get help by jumping out a bedroom window and running down the street, but Floyd chased her down and dragged her back in the house and threatened her with sexual assault.
They also struggled over a gun and two shots were fired. The next day she came up with the plan to escape. Somehow she managed to convince Floyd that their dog needed a vet’s attention.
“On the drive to the vet, Floyd reportedly again pointed the gun at Reichle, threatening to kill her and her family,” police said.
It seems Reichle may have written the note when she went to the bathroom at the clinic before slipping it to vet staff members.
According to WKRN, Floyd has a criminal history which includes burglary, possession and sale of drugs and grand theft, for which he was convicted and spent time in jail.
Reichte was treated at hospital for a head wound, black eye and bruises and Floyd is now being held with no bail.