A UPS driver in Robertsville, Mo., is being hailed as a hero for calling authorities, effectively rescuing a woman who was being held hostage in her own home.
The woman had scribbled "call 9-1-1" on a package that had been scheduled for UPS pickup, CNN reports. A SWAT team was sent to the woman's house after the driver made the call on Dec. 6, and the woman's husband, James Tyler Jordan, age 33, was arrested.
"He made a huge difference," Franklin County Sheriff's Department Sgt. T.J. Wild said to KMOV of the UPS driver.
Court documents paint a perilous picture for both the woman and her child: Beginning on Dec. 5, she was sexually assaulted, beaten, and threatened with a gun. When she attempted to escape, Jordan pulled her back inside by her hair. Their 3-year-old child was locked in his room — sans food or water — while Jordan attacked his wife.
He has been charged with felonious restraint, sodomy without consent, unlawful use of a weapon, endangering the welfare of a child, and domestic assault. His bond is held at $100,000 in cash.
UPS put out a statement regarding their employee's actions.
"We are grateful this UPS driver with more than a decade of service followed protocol when he saw a customer in distress and contacted authorities after he saw her message to contact 9-1-1," the statement said. "Our drivers are very familiar with their routes, and are trained to be aware of their surroundings and respond to requests for assistance."
The driver's attention to detail serves as a reminder to us all. Look out for those in trouble — the signs may not always be so obvious.
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