A woman being held captive by her boyfriend in Florida was able to escape thanks to a secret note.
The woman was held captive by her boyfriend for two days, according to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.
On the third day, he allowed her to leave the home to go to the veterinarian but was with her.
At the animal hospital, the 28-year-old woman managed to slip a note to the vet that read, “Call the cops, my boyfriend is threatening me. He has a gun. Please don’t let him know.”
The vet alerted the police and officers rushed to the home, reported ABC.
After the man was arrested, the woman told officers that he held her captive for two days and “repeatedly battered her on Wednesday night, threatened her at gunpoint, and physically prevented her from leaving their home.”
She said that on their way to the hospital, the man pointed the gun at her and threatened to kill her and her family.
After the arrest, the woman was taken to a nearby hospital and treated for a head injury, a black eye, and bruised arms.
The sheriff’s office said that the boyfriend, 39-year-old Jeremy Floyd, is a convicted felon who has been convicted of possession of a controlled substance, sale of cocaine, burglary, and grand theft.
He is being held without bail and has been charged with a number of charges, including domestic violence, false imprisonment, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, reported WESH.
When officers went to the victim’s house in the 900 block of South Amelia Avenue, they found two bullet holes in a hallway.
The woman told officers that she had tried to escape from her imprisonment by hopping out of a window and running down the street but that Floyd chased her down and dragged her back in the house, reported the Daytona Beach News-Journal.
Floyd then allegedly struck her several times in the head, leading to her to try to grab the loaded handgun. During the struggle, the gun went off.
Floyd denied assaulting his girlfriend and said she’d been injured when she dove out the window and struggled with him for the gun.
The woman wrote a sworn statement, but declined to press criminal charges.