Scott Township, PA – A woman who told police she had been held captive by a man and abused for months was rescued after she left notes in public places pleading for help.
Court documents showed Walmart employees found one of the victim’s notes that had been left in the ladies’ room at the big box store and called the police, WPXI reported.
The note said the woman was being held against her will and had been sexually and physically assaulted.
Police said the note warned that the man holding her captive – later identified as 38-year-old Corey Brewer of Pittsburgh – had a knife, WPXI reported.
The note told whomever read it to call 911 and said it wasn’t a joke.
Police went to the address the woman had written in her note but nobody answered the door, WPXI reported.
However, officers could hear somebody moving around furniture to block the door, according to court documents.
Officers also tried to call the woman but Brewer answered and told police that he and the victim were on vacation in New York, WPXI reported.
But the woman continued to try to get someone to help her, and another note was found in the ladies’ room at the Frank Lloyd Wright home Fallingwater in Mill Run.
After the second note was found, police deployed a SWAT team to the home and made entry, WPXI reported.
They found the woman inside with visible bruises and other signs of assault.
The victim told police that Brewer had been holding her against her will since May 1, and that he had threatened to kill her and her family if she ran away from him, WPXI reported.
Police said the victim had been in a relationship with Brewer, and that later on, she had gotten a protective order to keep the ex-boyfriend away from her.
Brewer was arrested at the scene and charged with sexual assault and unlawful restraint, WPXI reported.