The employee helped the police reach the woman's house and take her abuser into custody.
Editor's note: This article was originally published on January 29, 2021. It has since been updated.
Trigger Warning: Description of domestic violence
Being a little more aware of your surroundings while doing anything can mean everything to a person you're close to, or even a stranger. A woman was rescued by a Disney World employee when she called up to book tickets on January 9, 2021. While the woman was inquiring about tickets, the employee overheard a conversation in the background through the phone which concerned her.
When the concerned employee asked the woman if she wanted the law enforcement to intervene, the woman replied with a yes following which the good samaritan called up the police and directed them to her home in Dover Township.
According to CNN, the affidavit from the York County Magisterial District court revealed that during the call, the employee heard the woman shouting, "Get off me," and, "Get away from me." When the woman started replying with a "yes" or "no" without divulging much about her current situation, the employee immediately "became concerned and sensed something was off."
The affidavit further stated that when the Disney employee asked if she needed the help of the police and if someone was hurting her, the woman replied "yes" to both the questions. The employee then called York County 911 to help the woman. As soon as they reached her house, the woman asked for her boyfriend, identified as Wayne Shiflett, to be removed from the house.
She accused Wayne of harassing, slapping, and choking her. According to abc11, the victim told the officers that she and Wayne had started arguing over his job. The 38-year-old recently got employed as a fire extinguisher salesman, which from the victim's point of view was "not a realistic job." Angered by her reaction and her words that he needed "a real job" to be with her, Wayne attacked the woman.
He grabbed her by the throat and squeezed it, all the while threatening to kill her. While choking her, he spewed disturbing statements like, "you need to learn to keep your f*****g mouth shut," and "I'll f*****g kill you." He did not stop there; he choked her on three separate occasions and also called her a "spoiled f**king bitch." When the woman slapped him in self-defense, Wayne admitted to slapping her back and choking her, as per CNN. The police confirmed that there were scratches and red marks around the victim's neck.
A background check on Wayne, conducted by the Northern York County Regional Police, revealed that the 38-year-old man had an active warrant for his arrest for theft. Wayne was immediately taken into custody and arrested on January 10. He was charged with simple assault, making terroristic threats, harassment, and one count of strangulation. After his first court appearance on January 19, Wayne is currently being held on bail set at $20,000.
Disney World worker calls 911 to help save woman from domestic violence, police say https://t.co/ww87JEVeg6— WPDE ABC15 (@wpdeabc15) January 27, 2021
In a similar incident that we reported, a waitress saved the life of an 11-year-old boy with her alertness and quick thinking. Flavaine Carvalho was working on New Year's Eve at the Mrs. Potato restaurant in Orlando, Florida, when she noticed something odd about one of the families dining at the restaurant.
She grew suspicious when, except the boy, everyone else at the table was enjoying the food and drinks. Her suspicion grew when she noticed bruises on the boy's hand and face. Flavine then stood behind the parents holding up a note asking if he was ok, to which the boy nodded no, implying he was not ok. When she held up another sign saying, "Do you need help?" the boy nodded with a yes.
Following the confirmation, Flavaine called up 911 and the boy's stepfather, identified as Timothy Lee Wilson II, and mother, Kristen Swann, were arrested after the investigation. While Timothy was charged with three counts of aggravated child abuse and child neglect, Kristen was charged with two counts of child neglect, reported People. The little boy is in safe custody now.