Telemarketer saves Oregon woman 900 miles away from gun-toting attacker
A Las Vegas telemarketing company’s quick thinking helped save a woman’s life from just over 900 miles away, KLAS-TV reported on Thursday.
The incident began when an employee at Americare Health and Nutrition made what she thought would be a regular call to a woman in Lebanon, Oregon on Wednesday. But according to sales manager Tina Garcia, the employee heard the woman being attacked inside her home by a man authorities later identified as Walter Warren John Ruck.
The woman can be heard yelling, “Please don’t kill me” at one point, while Ruck orders her to “get up.”
“That young lady was helpless,” Garcia said. “You could actually hear the blows as if he was hitting a punching bag. She was terrified.”
The Portland Oregonian reported that Garcia’s firm first contacted Lebanon police, but that they were transfered to the sheriff’s department in Linn County because the woman lived outside of the city limits.
Sheriff’s deputies reportedly saw Ruck holding on to the woman from behind when they entered the home. Investigators said that at one point, Linn pointed a rifle toward his face and asked the woman to “pull the trigger.” He also allegedly smothered her head and face with blankets and pillows.
Ruck was arrested and booked into Linn County jail on charges of fourth-degree assault, menacing and strangulation.
According to authorities, the woman’s phone was in her back pocket as she was being attacked, and she was not aware that someone called the department to help her.
Ruck was arrested and charged with fourth-degree assault, menacing and strangulation. He was lodged at Linn County Jail.
Watch KLAS’ report, as aired on Thursday, below.
[h/t Addicting Info]