Wisconsin Pizza Delivery Driver Helps Stop Assault and Kidnapping of Woman in Her Home

Dean Hoffman / Sheboygan County Sheriff’s Department

A Domino’s Pizza delivery driver helped put an end to the assault and kidnapping of a woman who was being held in her Wisconsin home, police said.

Deliveryman Joseph Grundl was handing the pizza over to a middle-aged couple in Sheboygan County on Thursday when he noticed the woman behind the man paying had a black eye and was silently mouthing “help me” and “call the police,” according to a police report from the Sheboygan County Sheriff’s Office.

Grundl called the police, who upon arriving on the scene, saw the man trying to prevent the 57-year-old woman from opening the door. The man, who was identified as 55-year-old Dean Hoffman, eventually let authorities into the home after they stated they were going to enter forcefully to help the woman, who was yelling “help me” and “please come in.”

According to the police report, the woman the officers that she and Hoffman had previously been in a relationship and had lived together at another location from December 2016 to August 2018 when she moved out to home that received the pizza delivery.

Around 1 p.m. on Thursday, Hoffman entered the woman’s home uninvited, she told police. After the woman threatened to call authorities on him, Hoffman began physically assaulting her, leaving her with a black eye and a bloody nose, according to the police report. He then allegedly dragged her to the second floor by her hair, where he bound her hands and feet with a vacuum power cord and gagged her with a towel and a satin cloth.

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SOURCE: NBC News, Angel Torres