A Flint, Mich., woman was attacked inside of a vacant home while walking home from buying groceries. Thanks to some brave local residents, the woman made it out alive.
Reports say that the 21-year-old woman was walking home when a man trapped her inside of a vacant house, choked her and beat her. The woman was able to escape and jump out of a window in the home, and that’s when neighbor Jessica Abels heard her screaming for help. When she looked out the window, she saw the woman covered in blood and naked.
“Her eyes were all swollen, and she had blood all over her and in her mouth," Abels said. "She was pretty messed up."
Thankfully, other residents in the community jumped into action to help protect the woman, and a man with a concealed-carry license was able to get the suspect out of the vacant home at gunpoint. When he fled, the man and another neighbor chased him down, tackled him and held him until police came.
Now, Jeffery McSwain Jr. has been charged with one count of assault with intent to commit sexual penetration. The young woman thankfully escaped with only bruises and some loose teeth, but her mother says she is still struggling emotionally with what happened to her.
“She got lucky," said the victim’s mother. "If it wasn't for all these people who cared enough to help her, and not turn the other cheek like so many people would, my daughter would be dead right now."
Abels, who first witnessed the incident and rushed to the victim’s aid, says it’s hard for her to sleep due to the sound of the woman’s screams. The vacant home has since been boarded up.