With Family Held Captive in Car, Mom Got an Idea

Driver-boyfriend arrested thanks to 'Please call 911' sign: cops
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted May 30, 2019 9:25 AM CDT
Woman Saves Self, 3 Kids With 'Please Call 911' Sign
William Jamal Wilkinson.   (Nassau County Police Department)

A New York woman's quick thinking made quick work of an alleged crime against herself and her three children Tuesday. The woman, her 13-year-old son, and her twin 3-year-olds with autism were being held captive on threat of violence in a car driven by the woman's boyfriend when he pulled into a service station in Roslyn Heights, along the Long Island Expressway, police say. The woman then pressed a note reading, "Please call 911, CALL 911," to the front passenger window. A passerby acted as directed, allowing Nassau County Police to stop the vehicle a short distance from the station, per the New York Daily News.

The driver, 35-year-old William Jamal Wilkinson, was arrested without incident and arraigned Wednesday on four counts of first-degree unlawful imprisonment, two counts of first-degree endangering the welfare of an incompetent or physically disabled person, endangering the welfare of a child, and criminal possession of marijuana, Newsday reports. "He refused to let his girlfriend exit the vehicle by restraining her and her three children by threats of violence," reads a criminal complaint. Ordered held on $50,000 bond or $25,000 cash, Wilkinson is to have no contact with the victim or her children. He's due back in court on Friday. (A veterinarian received a similar note.)

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