A Disney World staffer was able to contact the police for a Pennsylvania woman who phoned under the guise of ordering tickets but actually needed help escaping her abuser earlier this month.
Police in Dover responded to the woman’s home on the evening of January 9 following a tense phone call with a Disney World employee, according to a criminal complaint obtained by the York Dispatch. During the phone call, the staffer heard the customer yell "get off me" and "get away from me." Suspecting that something was amiss, the employee then began asking the woman questions but found that she would only answer with “yes” or “no.” The employee reportedly then asked the woman if she’d really called to book a trip, to which she replied, “no.”
The employee then asked if she needed police assistance, and she said “yes,” the complaint reportedly states.
Officers with the Northern York County Regional Police responded to a private residence on Glen Hollow Drive at around 11 p.m. that night, WPMT reports. They were allowed inside the home, at which point the woman confirmed that she wanted her alleged abuser taken away, according to the outlet.
Wayne Terry Shiflett, 38, was arrested and charged with harassment, assault, making terroristic threats, and felony strangulation, the York Dispatch reported.
The couple had gotten into a fight about Shiflett’s employment status, according to WPMT. He reportedly told the woman that he’d recently been hired as a fire extinguisher salesman, but she said that he needed to get a “real job” if their relationship was going to continue. The woman told police that Shiflett assaulted her at that point — allegedly choking, slapping, and threatening to kill her. Shiflett was arrested after police observed signs of injuries on the woman and they say he admitted to the attack.
The Northern York County Regional Police did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Oxygen.com.
Shiflett was arraigned on Jan 10. and is scheduled to appear in court for a preliminary hearing on Feb. 1, according to the York Dispatch.
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