The harrowing second a New Jersey woman escaped from her alleged kidnapper was captured in surveillance video at a gasoline station.
The sufferer was held captive for a year, authorities in Burlington County mentioned, earlier than she made the escape on 7 February. James W Parrillo Jr, 57, has since been charged with first-degree kidnapping, second-degree strangulation, aggravated assault and third-degree felony restraint.
Surveillance video obtained by NBC Philadelphia confirmed the woman arriving on the gasoline station, with a man believed to be Mr Parrillo following carefully behind. She then runs inside and locks the door because the suspect makes an attempt to interrupt in.
The sufferer advised folks on the gasoline station that she had been kidnapped a year earlier than. Employees took her to the again of the shop as they waited for police to reach.
Jamie Garthaus, who works on the station, recounted listening to screams earlier than the woman rushed contained in the gasoline station’s door.
“The woman got here operating, like barefoot, and she or he was like, ‘he kidnapped me,’” Mr Garthaus mentioned. “So, we ran inside and locked the door.”
“I might see the thumb prints, like she had choke marks round her neck.”
The woman advised police she had deliberate the escape after noticing an inside deadbolt on the door in a prior go to to the gasoline station with Mr Parrillo.
They’d been staying in a rented room for two weeks prior. The sufferer claimed Mr Parrillo had choked her throughout an argument on the day she escaped.
In the course of the assault, she mentioned, Mr Parrillo realised there have been folks within the residence and stopped attacking her.
She then ran to the shop with simply a shirt and shorts on within the 42-degree climate.
Mr Parrillo was arrested the identical day of the escape by New Jersey State Police and is now in custody on the Burlington County Jail pending a trial.
The woman met Mr Parrillo, who she knew as “Brett Parker”, at a gasoline station on Interstate 10 in New Mexico someday in February 2022.
She reportedly agreed to provide him a experience to Arizona and was in a voluntary relationship with Mr Parrillo for about a month, earlier than he allegedly turned bodily abusive whereas they have been in California.
“Throughout their time collectively, Parrillo allegedly took away the woman’s cellphone, confiscated and utilized her debit playing cards, and remoted her from her household,” the legal professional basic’s workplace mentioned in a statement. “The pair allegedly arrived in New Jersey someday in December.”
Authorities within the Backyard State at the moment are investigating whether or not he has engaged in related predatory behaviour after they mentioned they discovered regarding data on social media.