Thank goodness for UPS!
On Tuesday, a woman was freed from her abusive husband, who held her captive in their Missouri home, after a UPS driver saw an urgent note she had scribbled on a scheduled package pick up.
According to reports, the woman was being held captive by her husband James Tyler Jordan (pictured above), who forced her to strip down before beating and sexually assaulting her.
The woman alleges Jordan held a gun to her head and threatened to kill them both — all while their 3-year-old child was locked in the bedroom without food or water for 15 hours.
It’s unclear what sparked the violent episode, though authorities say it could have ended catastrophically if it wasn’t for a knock at the door from a deliveryman.
Around noon on Tuesday, the UPS driver came to the door to pick up a package as Jordan reportedly stood behind his wife with a gun to her back. She somehow managed to scrawl a plea for help during the interaction, writing:
The driver called the police, who later arrived at the house and started talking with the woman — but her husband closed the door on them and refused to cooperate.
Worried that Jordan was capable of violence due to previously being arrested for assault, deputies called for a SWAT team, however the abusive husband surrendered before SWAT members arrived at the scene.
Jordan is charged with domestic assault, sodomy, felonious restraint, unlawful use of a weapon, and endangering the welfare of a child. He is being held on a $100,000 bond.
UPS praised the long-time driver for alerting authorities, saying in a statement:
"We are grateful this UPS driver with more than a decade of service followed protocol when he saw a customer in distress and contacted authorities after he saw her message to contact 9-1-1. Our drivers are very familiar with their routes, and are trained to be aware of their surroundings and respond to requests for assistance."
While the driver definitely saved the day, we applaud the wife’s quick thinking and bravery that saved herself and child from a much worse fate.