Joey Grundl, a pizza delivery driver at Domino’s Pizza in Waldo, Wisconsin, is being hailed a hero for noticing a kidnapped woman’s subtle cry for help.
The delivery man was sent to a woman’s house to deliver a pie when her ex-boyfriend, Dean Hoffman, opened the door. Grundl looked over his shoulder and saw a middle-aged woman with a black eye standing behind Hoffman. She appeared to say the words: “Call the police.”
“I gave him his pizza and noticed behind him was his girlfriend,” Grundl told WITI Milwaukee. “She showed a very visible black eye. She said the words ‘Call the police’.”
via WITI Milwaukee
The photo of Dean Hoffmann.
When Grundl returned to his delivery car, he called the police. When police arrived at the home, Hoffmann attempted to block the door, but ultimately let police into the woman’s house.
After seeing the woman being beaten, Hoffmann was arrested and she was taken to the hospital for her injuries.
Earlier that day, Hoffman arrived at the house without her permission and tried to convince her to resume a relationship with him. He then punched her in the face and tied her up with a vacuum power cord.
“If you love me, you’ll let me go,” she pleaded, but he allegedly responded, “You know I can’t do that.” He also threatened to shoot them both with a .22 caliber firearm he kept in his car. The woman later told authorities she feared for her life.
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A day later, Grundl was seen on TV wearing a Taylor Swift “Reputation Tour” hoodie and her fans quickly took action, tagging Swift in photos of the hero. Grundl already had tickets to go to an upcoming Swift concert in Arlington, Wisconsin, but when Swift learned of the story, she arranged to meet Grundl backstage.
“She…she knew who I was,” Grundl jokingly tweeted after the concert. “I am absolutely convinced that Taylor gave me a cold.”
“This has been one of the most exciting weeks of my life,” Grundl said. “I legitimately get emotional and I’m almost never like that. But as probably the most memorable week of my entire life comes to an end…I guess I can truly say…I’m better than ever.”