Woman Narrowly Escapes Abusive Boyfriend With Note Asking For Help

Abusive Boyfriend

A Florida man was put behind bars after his girlfriend asked a store clerk for help after allegedly being abused by him.

In connection with the case, Mark Frumosu, 37, was arrested Tuesday and charged with eight crimes, including felon in possession of a firearm and aggravated assault.

She was also forced to undergo a “terrifying ordeal” earlier in the day, including being held at gunpoint by Frumosu, according to Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.

It was reported by Fox 13 Tampa Bay that a five-page arrest affidavit explained how the store clerk jumped into action to help the woman in need. The woman was said to have a long-term relationship with Frumosu.

A note given to the store clerk stated the driver needed assistance and the police should be contacted. Deputies stopped the driver at a traffic stop in Clearwater, Fla. to inquire about her condition.

Police received information that Frumosu was inside the vehicle and had outstanding warrants, according to the document.

According to the affidavit, the woman was “terrified and in fear” for hours before the arrest. The victim was reportedly prevented from communicating a crime with law enforcement after Frumosu pulled her hair, slammed her head against the door, and took the her cell phone and threw it in the toilet.

Domestic violence victim advocates applaud the woman’s courage and the clerk’s quick thinking.

“A lot of survivors stay because they’re afraid,” said The Spring of Tampa Bay President Mindy Murphy. “A lot of survivors then eventually leave because they’re afraid. The fear of what might happen if they try to leave ends up outweighing the fear of what’s going to happen. Or what they think will happen if they stay.”

Domestic violence victims can find help at The Spring of Tampa Bay, a resource center for domestic violence victims.

“As a survivor of domestic violence, you’re not alone. We have legal resources. We provide emergency shelter. We offer nonresidential services.” said Murphy.

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