EL PASO, Texas (CBS4) — A woman who was being held hostage by her husband was saved after she left a note with an employee at a Domino’s restaurant in Anthony, Texas, on Tuesday.
CBS4 spoke to the employee about what happened and why he thought there wasn’t going to be enough time.
Surveillance video obtained by CBS4 shows the woman walking into the restaurant and handing over a note to the employee.
The employee, who did not want to be identified, said he knew he had to act and fast.
“So, I was in the back washing dishes, and I heard somebody come in. So, I came to the front to take the order,” said the employee.
“She came in all bruised, dirty."
The employee said when he looked at the 32-year-old, she seemed calm and seemed like nothing was wrong.
“And then she started asking for a pen and paper. So, she’s writing down an address,” said the employee.
“She gives it to me and tells me to put it in my pocket, and she says, 'I need you to do me a favor and call 911 the moment I leave and tell them to be there within 10 to 15 minutes. No lights, no sirens, for them to just park by the pine trees and to enter though the back door,'” the employee said.
The employees at the restaurant went about their work as normal for the woman’s safety.
The employee said his manager called the cops and then he went out for a delivery.
"I was looking for a cop anywhere I could see on my way there, but there was no luck. When I got back, she was already gone,” said the employee.
He said he thought it was too late. But police said they found the woman in Chamberino, New Mexico. They found her bound, gagged, beaten and held against her will.
After 30 years working at Domino’s, the training director, Juan Olivares, is shocked something like this happened.
“To my employees, you guys are amazing that you actually helped somebody, saved somebody’s life,” said Olivares. “I wish her the best, and I hope she’s going through the hard time that she’s going through right now.”
The employees said they don’t think of themselves as heroes but rather are upset they could not do more before she left the restaurant.
Police said the woman's husband, 22-year-old Robert Dominguez, was taken into custody on three charges.