A woman who had endured 48 hours of abuse from her boyfriend hatched a cunning plan to escape with the help of a receptionist at a vets.
Carolyn Reichle had been beaten and threatened with a gun by lover Jeremy Floyd at the home they shared in Florida, USA.
He had refused to let her leave and in the heat of the attacks, even fired a gun into the air.
The scared woman eventually convinced him to take their dog to the vets, claiming it needed treatment.
Floyd insisted on driver her there and on the way threatened to kill her and her family, and even took his gun with him.
In the few seconds Ms Reichle was alone with the receptionist she slipped them a hand-scrawled note begging them to help.
It read: "Call the cops. My boyfriend is threatening me. He has a gun. Please don’t let him know."
The woman behind the desk showed a co-worker and they immediately called the police, who arrived in force and arrested him.
Amazing CCTV shows the moment the note was passed over and how quickly the women reacted.
The officers seized the man’s gun and arrested him.
He is now being held without bail on charges of domestic violence, aggravated assault with a firearm, and false imprisonment.
Ms Reichle was taken to hospital for a head injury and bruising.
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