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Neighbors Step In To Save Woman Held Hostage And Tortured By Ex-Boyfriend

Three neighbors came to the rescue of a Pennsylvania woman who had been held hostage by her ex-boyfriend and tortured for over 20 hours last week.

Henry Yancey sexually assaulted the unidentified woman repeatedly, stabbed her in the leg and threatened to kill her, according to police. When she tried to escape on May 15, he rushed out after her naked.

“There was a lot of ruckus,” neighbor Tatiana Scriver said to WTAJ. “They almost sounded like there was a stampede going through the building.”

Scriver and another neighbor saw Yancey in the hallway.

“He’s on top of her just punching her in the face,” neighbor Nicky Mimikos recalled. “He got up and started stomping her in the face.”

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Henry Oppenheim, a third resident, had no hesitation about intervening.

“So I quickly ran into my room, grabbed my gun, and went out to defend her,” Oppenheim said. “I said, 'Let her go.' And then he finally did it.”

“And then we moved her to the front to get her safe and secure and away from him,” Scriver said.

Oppenheim held Yancey until police arrived. 

The woman was treated for her injuries and has returned home, WTAJ reports. 

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Yancey was arrested and charged with attempted criminal homicide, making terroristic threats and stalking, according to the Daily Caller.

Oppenheim said he would do it all again "in a heartbeat. No second thoughts. No reservations."

Oppenheim, a concealed-carry permit owner, said he almost always has his gun with him.

“We all stick together and when we see a girl getting beat, we just don’t allow that,” Mimikos said.

Sources: WTAJ, Daily Caller, MadWorldNews / Photo credit: MadWorldNews


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