ALTOONA, PENNSYLVANIA — A trio of neighbors are credited for helping save a woman from a brutal beating by the hands of her ex-boyfriend.
The ex, identified as Henry Yancey, held his girlfriend hostage for 20 hours and allegedly physically assaulted her throughout the night, threatened to kill her and stabbed her in the leg. When she was finally able to escape, he chased her down the street and grabbed her. That’s when neighbors said they witnessed a horrible assault.
“There was a lot of ruckus,” said neighbor Tatiana Scriver. “They almost sounded like there was a stampede going through the building.”
Another neighbor Nicky Mimikos said, “He’s on top of her just punching her in the face. He got up and started stomping her in the face.”
That’s when another neighbor, Henry Oppenheim, saw what was going on and sprung into action.
“So I quickly ran into my room grabbed my gun and went out to defend her,” said Oppenheim “I said let her go. And then he finally did it.”
Oppenheim has a concealed carry permit, and told reporters that he carries nearly everywhere he goes. If the same thing happened again, he said he wouldn’t hesitate to do the same thing. “In a heartbeat. Not a second thought. No reservations.”
The attacker faces numerous charges including attempted criminal homicide, terroristic threats and stalking.
The woman was treated at the hospital and has been released.