An alert pizza delivery man in Wisconsin is being hailed as a hero after he alerted police to a possible kidnapping when he saw a woman seemingly in distress as he was delivering an order.
Pizza delivery driver Joey Grundl was shocked when he delivered a pizza order to a 55-year-old Grafton, Wisconsin, man and saw a woman mouthing the words “call police.”
The delivery man alerted police to the strange situation and at length officers arrested Dean Hoffmann for holding his ex-girlfriend prisoner.
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Per CBS Channel 3:
“It’s kind of scary,” said driver Joey Grundl. “Gave him his pizza, and noticed behind him was his girlfriend. She pointed to a black eye that was quite visible. She mouthed the words ‘call police.'”
According to a criminal complaint, the victim — a 57-year-old woman — started dating Hoffmann in 2016 and they lived together until August of 2018. After their breakup, the woman moved to a home near 2nd and Lyndon.
Investigators say around 1 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 27 Hoffmann entered her home without knocking and without her permission. She told Hoffmann to leave and grabbed her phone to call police. As she picked up her phone, Hoffmann allegedly ripped the phone out of her hands, grabbed her by the waist and dragged her toward steps that led upstairs.
The complaint says Hoffmann shoved the victim, causing her to fall with her back on the steps, then pulled her hair, ripped her shirt and continued to try and drag her up the stairs. In an attempt to get away, the woman told investigators she hit Hoffmann in the groin. Hoffmann then punched her in the face, giving her a black eye and bloody nose.
Police say that Hoffmann continued to abuse the woman and hold her against her will for several hours, even tying her to the bed at one point. She said that after a period time he cut her loose and then ordered the food delivery.
But Hoffmann’s plans fell apart when the delivery driver decided to call police after what he saw.
A recording of the 911 call reveals Grundl telling officials:
“I had a delivery. It was a middle-aged couple. The woman clearly had a black eye. She pointed to it, and I swear she mouthed ‘help me.'”
Police report that the man was soon arrested without further resistance.
The woman also told police that she feared for her life.
“Hoffman now faces charges of kidnapping, false imprisonment, strangulation and suffocation, felony intimidation of a victim and burglary of a building,” CBS reported
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