The victim of a nearly daylong ordeal at the hands of a violent captor – believed to be an ex-boyfriend – last week, one woman owes her life to her own bravery and the decisive action of an armed neighbor.
WTAJ reported that suspect Henry Yancey held the victim hostage for more than 20 hours, during which time he threatened her life, stabbed her, and savagely beat her. As soon as she saw a brief window of opportunity, the woman ran out of the Altoona, Pa., home, only to be chased and captured by a nude Yancey, reports indicate.
One neighbor described the ensuing ordeal as sounding “like a stampede” while another said the suspect jumped on the victim and began beating her before he “got up and started stomping her in the face.”
For a third neighbor, Henry Oppenheim, there was no alternative to getting involved to save the woman’s life. He told reporters that he immediately ran inside his home to grab his firearm.
“I said, ‘Let her go,’ and then he finally did it,” Oppenheim said.
At that point, other neighbors joined in to make sure the victim got to a safe place until help arrived. She has since been treated and released from a local hospital. As for Yancey, he is facing serious criminal charges including attempted criminal homicide and making terroristic threats.
Oppenheim’s actions are being heralded as heroic by WTAJ readers and others via social media; however, he maintained that his reaction was the only one he felt he could take and that he would do the same if it happened again.
“In a heartbeat,” he asserted. “Not a second thought. No reservations.”
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