Woman Writes Desperate Plea for Help on UPS Package
Police say she was abused by her husband for 15 hours before rescue
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 10, 2016 12:38 PM CST
James Jordan   (Franklin County Sheriff's Office)

(Newser) – Authorities say a UPS driver "made a huge difference" in helping rescue a woman who was being abused by her husband this week in Missouri, KMOV reports. On Monday night, 33-year-old James Jordan allegedly locked the couple's 3-year-old son in a bedroom without food or water and started assaulting his wife. The victim says Jordan beat her, put a gun to her head, and threatened to kill her. When she tried to leave the house, she says he dragged her back inside by the hair. She also says Jordan forced her to take off her clothes then sexually assaulted her, according to CNN.

A UPS driver made a scheduled stop at the house Tuesday to pick up a package—15 hours after the alleged abuse started. Authorities say the victim handed the package to the driver while Jordan stood behind her with a gun. She managed to write "contact 911" on the package as the driver was leaving. KTVI reports the driver called police, who arrived at the home and arrested Jordan without incident. "We are grateful this UPS driver with more than a decade of service followed protocol when he saw a customer in distress," CNN quotes UPS as saying in a statement. Jordan has been charged with domestic assault, sodomy, felonious restraint, unlawful use of a weapon, and endangering the welfare of a child.

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