Authorities in Florida say a kidnapping suspect was taken into custody after the alleged victim made a daring move that was caught on a veterinary clinic’s surveillance camera.
According to the U.K. Independent, the unidentified woman passed a message to staff at the DeLand clinic informing them of her situation.
“Call the cops,” she wrote. “My boyfriend is threatening me. He has a gun. Please don’t let him know.”
Employees took the message seriously and contacted the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office. Authorities arrived a short time later and can be seen in footage captured by a different camera confronting the suspect, Jeremy Floyd.
Subsequent police reports indicate he is accused of holding his girlfriend captive in his home for two days or more prior to their visit to the veterinary clinic in May. The woman reportedly convinced Floyd to take her dog to the vet.
After deputies arrested him at the scene, he was booked into jail without bail. He is expected to face charges including fales imprisonment, aggravated assault with a firearm, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, simple battery, and possession of ammunition by a convicted felon.
A search of the home reportedly led police to discover two bullet holes. They say the damage was caused when Floyd fired his gun near the woman two days before his arrest.
The suspect allegedly continued to threaten his girlfriend over that period, including in the car on the way to the veterinary clinic. During that trip, he allegedly said he would kill her family.
Reports indicate the woman was transported to an area hospital for treatment of a head injury and contusions.
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