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Woman Escapes Her Abusive Boyfriend By Sneaking A Note To Her Vet

DeLand Animal Hospital / Voluisa County Sheriff's Office

Abusive relationship are one of the scariest things a person can experience. Having the person who is supposed to love you suddenly turn into some kind of monster is almost always unexpected and hard to come to terms with.

One woman found herself trapped in a dangerously abusive relationship, but she managed to find a way out in an unconventional way.

Carolyn Reichle was held hostage by her boyfriend Jeremy Floyd for two days before she managed to break free. She revealed that he had been threatening her with a gun, and beating her repeatedly.

The way she escaped was extremely smart, she convinced him that they needed to take their dog to the vet.

He insisted on going with her, once again aiming the gun at her head, saying that he would kill her family if she tried anything, but she had to be brave.

She covered her black eye under sunglasses and the bruises on her arms with a jacket and together they arrived at the local animal hospital. She knew he had the gun on him, but she came up with a plan.

While they waited for the vet, Reichle got up to go to the washroom. On her way by the reception desk she managed to snag a pen.

She frantically began scribbling while in the washroom, using the small piece of paper she had on her to write the note that would end up saving her life.

As she walked back to the waiting area, she slipped the note to the veterinary technicians who were sitting at the desk, making sure she removed the sunglasses so they could see the bruise on her eye.

When they looked at what she handed him, they read, "Call the cops. My boyfriend is threatening me. He has a gun. Please don't let him know."

Woman's note to vet
Volusia County Sheriff's Office

The staff acted fast, and while one called the cops, another distracted the couple and moved them out of the waiting room and into a private room to "wait for the vet".

Shortly after, the door was opened by an officer, who immediately gets the gun off of Floyd, and takes him into custody.

The woman instantly breaks down, showing the other officers her injuries and it's a truly emotional moment.

But her nightmare wasn't quite over, as even after Floyd was in jail, he continued harassing her.

According to the jail's phone system, they discovered that he had been repeatedly calling his victim, leaving her messages saying "I understand you're upset with me. I'm sorry. I know you're upset with me and I apologize about what I did to you. I'll make it up to you. I apologize and I love you."

However, he had been strictly forbidden from contacting her, and because of these calls the charge of stalking was added to his rap sheet, which included domestic violence, aggravated assault with a firearm, false imprisonment, and possession of a firearm by a felon.

The victim spent two days being threatened by her boyfriend, and in an interview revealed she had begun to "lose faith in humanity."

She knew that the note was her only way out though. "I slipped her the note and that's when I slid my glasses off to show her I had a bruised eye so she would take me seriously," she said. "When we were waiting in the room and I knew the police were on the way, I was shaking and was trying to hide it by petting Max, my dog."

Even when she saw the police officers through the window, she worried that it might go badly. "I wasn't sure if he'd shoot at the police, at me, at the dog, at himself. I was just afraid, but he just stood up and said, 'Search me,'" she explained.

The cops quickly took his gun away, but when they searched the home they did discover two bullet holes in the walls of the home from his threats against her.

Jeremy Floyd
Voluisa County Sheriff's Office

Reichle was so grateful for the response of the staff, saying, "The whole staff was just amazing. I didn't mean to put that on them, but they were there and they were heroes."

She had advice for anyone else who may be stuck in a relationship like this. "Never stop trying. And if you see abuse, it does escalate. It does escalate no matter what they say. It will get worse."

The National Domestic Violence Hotline offers support for those who need a safe way to help. They have a toll-free number you can call at any time, 1-800-799-7233 and even an online chat service.

Source - WESH2 / Click Orlando / WFTV9 / AJC / Independent / CTV News / CNN

Tanya has been writing for Shared for two years. She spends too much time thinking about dogs, Marvel movies, and ice cream. You can reach me at tanya@shared.com