A vigilant pizza delivery driver stepped into the role of a hero this week after he helped save a woman from an intense kidnapping situation.
According to Q13 FOX, Domino’s driver Joey Grundl noticed a woman standing behind 55-year-old Dean Hoffmann mouthing the words “help me” after he came to deliver a pizza. Grundl noted that a black eye was noticeably visible and that she had also mouthed for him to “call the police.”
According to investigators, Hoffmann, an-ex boyfriend of the woman, had entered the her home without permission and allegedly wrestled the phone out of her hands as she attempted to call the police. The two fought, leading to the victim’s black eye and a bloody nose before she was tied up with a vacuum’s power cord.
While Hoffmann eventually untied the victim, she told the police that he would not let her leave the house and even went as far as texting the woman’s children telling them to avoid visit for a few days because their mother was sick. She states that at one point he mentioned getting his gun from the car and shooting the both of them.
She got her shot at freedom when one of them decided to order some Domino’s.
After Grundl dropped off the pizza, and noticed the woman mouthing that she needed help, the driver left and alerted the authorities.
When the cops arrived, Hoffmann was arrested without incident. He is being charged with kidnapping, false imprisonment, strangulation and suffocation, felony intimidation of a victim, and burglary of a building.
As for Grundl, he hasn’t had any contact with the woman since the incident, but says that her son personally stopped into his Domino’s to thank him for his heroic act.