A Pennsylvania man is being hailed as a hero for rescuing a neighbor who had been beaten by her ex-boyfriend and held hostage for 20 hours.
Henry Oppenheim told WTAJ that he grabbed his gun after seeing the woman being beaten on the street in Altoona Friday morning.
Police say that the attacker, Henry Yancey, had held the woman, his ex-girlfriend, hostage for 20 hours and that he had beaten her throughout the night, threatened to kill her and stabbed her in the leg.
The woman was able to escape Yancey, but he chased her naked in the street and caught her. But when Yancey started to attack the woman again, Oppenheim and other neighbors intervened.
Oppenheim told WTAJ: “I quickly ran into my room grabbed my gun and went out to defend her. I said let her go. And then he finally did it.”
Oppenheim said that he has a concealed carry license and takes his gun with him almost everywhere. He held Yancey until police arrived.
And asked if he would help out again if confronted with the same situation, Oppenheim said, “in a heartbeat.”
“Not a second thought. No reservations.”
Other neighbors helped in the effort.
Tatiana Scriver told WTAJ that after Yancey was neutralized, “we moved her to the front to get her safe and secure and away from him,”
“We all stick together and when we see a girl getting beat — we just don’t allow that,” said Nicky Mimikos.
Yancey was arrested and charged with attempted criminal homicide, stalking, and making terroristic threats. The woman was treated at the hospital and released.