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Pizza Delivery Driver Sees Kidnapped Woman in Home Mouth 'Help Me,' Calls Police

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When you’re not in the mood to cook something for dinner or are too busy to whip something up yourself, pizza can make a delicious, sensible choice.

It will show up at your doorstep without you having to do much more than select a few options and add in an address on your mobile device. Plus, everyone loves pizza.

Even criminals love pizza. Fortunately for one victim, her captor was enticed by the idea and ordered a meal — to be delivered directly to where he was holding his victim hostage.

According to the Sheboygan Press, a woman from Waldo, Wisconsin, was attacked by an ex, Dean Hoffman. In many instances of rape and abuse, the victim knows the perpetrator, and this woman’s case was no different.

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Forcing his way into her house, the 55-year-old roughed her up, secured her and then said he wanted her to get back together with him. A real charmer, certainly.

When the pizza arrived, the woman knew that was her chance. Tied up with a power cord, she was still able to go to the door at the same time as her ex.

She also had a black eye, which would have flagged as suspicious. But to make her situation crystal clear, she mouthed “call the police” and “help me” to the delivery man, who got the message.

The delivery man contacted the authorities and explained what he’d just witnessed, and a short while later Sheriff’s deputies were at the woman’s home.

The woman must have known her rescuers were close, as she reportedly began to shout “please come in” and “help me.”

It could have turned into a nasty hostage situation. How many times have we seen televised accounts of someone held against their will at gun or knife point by their attacker, cops surrounding them and heavily outnumbering the criminal but waiting for the perfect moment?

Thankfully, that scenario did not play out in this situation. For whatever reason, Hoffman let the police in, and he was promptly arrested.

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Along with kidnapping charges, Hoffman faces a litany of other charges, including strangulation and suffocation, felony intimidation, false imprisonment and burglary. He made terrible choices, and now he’ll pay the price.

This story is a good reminder that even if you have a mundane job like delivering pizza, you can still be someone’s hero. By staying alert and being aware of your surroundings and the people around you, you may just be able to change someone’s life.

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Amanda holds an MA in Rhetoric and TESOL from Cal Poly Pomona. After teaching composition and logic for several years, she's strayed into writing full-time and especially enjoys animal-related topics.
As of January 2019, Amanda has written over 1,000 stories for The Western Journal but doesn't really know how. Graduating from California State Polytechnic University with a MA in Rhetoric/Composition and TESOL, she wrote her thesis about metacognitive development and the skill transfer between reading and writing in freshman students.
She has a slew of interests that keep her busy, including trying out new recipes, enjoying nature, discussing ridiculous topics, reading, drawing, people watching, developing curriculum, and writing bios. Sometimes she has red hair, sometimes she has brown hair, sometimes she's had teal hair.
With a book on productive communication strategies in the works, Amanda is also writing and illustrating some children's books with her husband, Edward.
Austin, Texas
Languages Spoken
English und ein bißchen Deutsch
Topics of Expertise
Faith, Animals, Cooking