DELAND, FL — A 28-year-old woman broke free from the boyfriend she claims beat her and held her captive by taking their dog to the veterinarian and slipping a distress note to a staffer.
Authorities say that Carolyn Reichle, 28, had been physically abused on Wednesday by her convicted felon boyfriend, Jeremy Floyd, 39, and then held against her will for the next two days.On Friday, Reichle managed to convince Floyd to let her take her dog in for an appointment at the DeLand Animal Hospital, but he agreed only if he went with her. Once at the office, Reichle passed a note to a worker that, in shaky handwriting, read:
“Call the cops. My boyfriend is threatening me. He has a gun. Please don’t let him know.”
The Animal Hospital staffer alerted the police, who arrested Floyd with a 9mm handgun in the waistband of his pants and filed multiple charges against him related to domestic violence and weapon possession.
Reichle allegedly said her ordeal began with Floyd accusing her of flirting with other men, after which he beat her and pulled out his gun. She said he threatened to kill her and her family. Reportedly, then, Reichle and Floyd struggled over the firearm, causing it to discharge twice inside the couple’s residence.
The next day, Reichle said, she was recovering from a black eye and bruises as well as a head injury she obtained during the abuse. Reichle was treated at a nearby hospital for her wounds and released.
At present, Floyd is being held without bail at the Volusia County Branch Jail.
He has been charged with domestic violence, aggravated assault with a firearm, false imprisonment, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of ammunition by a convicted felon, and simple battery.
Main photos: Jeremy Floyd mug shot and Carolyn Reichle’s note [Volusia County Sheriff’s Office]