The quick actions of several neighbors may have helped save a local Altoona lady from a brutal beating from her ex-boyfriend who had been holding her hostage for more than 20 hours. He allegedly assaulted her physically throughout the night, threatened to kill her and stabbed her in the leg.
As the woman attempted to make her escape early Friday morning, a naked Henry Yancey chased her out the door and down the street, near the 1000 block of Lexington Avenue.
“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.”
Luckily another neighbor, Henry Oppenheim had seen enough, 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 brings his gun everywhere he goes.
“And then we moved her to the front to get her safe and secure and away from him,” said Scriver.
“We all stick together and when we see a girl getting beat — we just don’t allow that,” said Mimikos
As for Oppenheim, he says he’d do it all over again. “In a heartbeat. Not a second thought. No reservations.”
Police said that Yancey will be facing a number of charges, including attempted criminal homicide, terroristic threats and stalking. The woman was treated at UPMC Altoona and is now resting at home.
Patrick James has worked as a firefighter/EMT for several services throughout the years, as well as a custom metal fabricator, certified personal trainer and chef.
Growing up in the rural suburbs of Detroit, it was during his frequent trips to Northern Michigan where he learned of his love for hunting and fishing. Spending several of his adult years in upstate South Carolina, his love of extreme sports took root in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains as he learned to rock climb and kayak.
“Courage and perseverance have a magical talisman, before which difficulties disappear and vanish into air.” ~ John Quincy Adams