An alert pizza delivery driver is credited with saving a woman from her ex-boyfriend after she pointed to her black eye and mouthed the words “help me” and “call the police.”
“It’s kind of scary. 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,'” said Domino’s Pizza delivery driver, Joey Grundl.
Grundl left the scene and called 911. When police arrived, a man identified as Dean Hoffman, 55, of Grafton, blocked the woman from opening the door while a woman yelled “help me” from inside.
Hoffman eventually let officers inside.
The woman said she believed Hoffman was going to kill her that night.
Investigators said that around 1 p.m. on Thursday, September 27th, Hoffman entered the woman’s home without knocking and without permission. When she tried to call the police, Hoffman took the phone from her and dragged her upstairs. During the struggle, she kicked him in the groin, at which point Hoffman punched her in the face, giving her a black eye and bloody nose.
After that, police say Hoffman locked both of them in the bathroom for approximately 30 minutes to tend to her bloody nose. Afterwards, he forced her into the bedroom and tied her to the bed with a power cord from her vacuum and placed a towel in her mouth.
Thirty minutes later, he untied her, but would not let her leave the house.
When Grundl arrived to deliver pizza, he noticed the woman had a black eye.
“I’m grateful (the delivery driver) was paying attention, because it could have been a lot worse,” a neighbor told WITI-TV.