According to Fox 13 Tampa Bay, a Florida man is behind bars after his abused girlfriend slipped a store clerk a note asking for help.
Mark Fromuso, 37, was arrested Tuesday and slapped with eight charges ranging from felon in possession of a firearm to aggravated assault in connection with the case. He is in jail on a bond of more than $108,000.
The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office said Fromoso also put the woman through a “terrifying ordeal” earlier in the day, which included being held at gunpoint.
Fox 13 Tampa Bay reported a five-page arrest affidavit that describes the moment the store clerk, a complete stranger, immediately jumped into action to help the woman in need. The woman is said to be in a long-term relationship with Fromoso.
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The incident began when deputies made a traffic stop in Clearwater, Fla., to check on the driver, the affidavit said. The note was handed to a store clerk saying the driver needed help and to call the police.
According to the document, police received information that Fromoso was inside the vehicle and had outstanding warrants.
The affidavit also states that the woman was “frightened and frightened” for hours after the arrest. Frumosu allegedly pulled her hair, slammed her head against the door and “took the victim’s cellular phone, and flushed it down the toilet preventing the victim from reporting the crime to law enforcement.” “
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Although details about the store and the helpful store clerk have not been released, advocates for victims of domestic violence are praising the clerk for her courage and quick thinking.
“A lot of survivors are staying because they’re afraid,” said Mandy Murphy, president of The Spring of Tampa Bay, according to Fox 13. “Many survivors end up leaving because they are afraid. And because of the fear of what might happen. They try to leave because of the fear of what is going to happen.
The Spring of Tampa Bay is a resource center for victims of domestic violence and offers support to victims regardless of the circumstances.
“We all have legal resources. We have, of course, emergency shelter. We have non-residential services. You know, if you’re a survivor of domestic violence, you’re not alone. We’re you,” Murphy said. are here to help,” Murphy said.
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Anyone needing assistance can call The Spring of Tampa Bay at 813-247-SAFE (7233).