The first 48-hours are well-known to be the most dangerous for victims of domestic violence escaping their abusers. Because of the bravery and quick thinking of an Indianapolis man, a woman's life was saved on Monday, Dec. 2 as she escaped after breaking up with her abusive boyfriend, reports the Indianapolis Star.
The incident began when a 24-year-old Westfield woman broke off an abusive relationship with her boyfriend, Broden Burgess, 29, Indianapolis, who became angry and began to attack the woman. He knocked her down, strangling her to the point of passing out. He also reportedly broke her nose after hitting her repeatedly. Fortunately, she was able to escape and began running down Michigan Road.
She attempted to cross the street when she crossed paths with a motorist driving a Nissan Altima who slammed on his breaks to keep from hitting the woman. She desperately attempted to get into the man's car to get away from her assailant, according to the Indianapolis Star.
Burgess caught up to the woman and opened up the driver's door and punched the motorist. At this point, the driver leaped from the car and pinned Burgess to the ground against his vehicle.
The police responded to the call in the 7700 Block of Michigan Road at 10:14 p.m. The motorist still had Burgess pinned to the car as the woman stood nearby. She was found with blood on her face and red marks on her neck. Medics immediately treated her injuries. Burgess was then arrested on preliminary charges of Battery with injury, criminal confinement and strangulation.
The name of the Good Samaritan has not been released and formal charges against Burgess are pending.