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Female Hostage Saved by Armed Neighbor in Pennsylvania


A woman held hostage by her abusive ex-boyfriend for 20 hours was saved by her armed neighbor.

Thanks to a responsible gun owner, a woman’s life was saved.

A woman was held hostage and continuously beaten by her ex-boyfriend in her own home in Altoona, Pennsylvania for 20 hours. After multiple threats on her life and a stab wound to the leg, the victim attempted to escape around 10 a.m. on Friday morning.

Her attacker, who has been identified as Henry Yancey, chased her out to the street while naked and began to beat her and stomp on her face. Once her neighbor saw what was happening, he grabbed his gun and went outside to intervene.

Henry Oppenheim, now known as the neighborhood hero, told WTAJ that he ran outside with his gun to defend her and demanded that Yancey let her go. After he released her, another neighbor, Tatiana Scriver, grabbed her and took her to an area where she was safe from her attacker.

“And then we moved her to the front to get her safe and secure and away from him,” said Scriver.

Oppenheim held Yancey until police arrived at the scene. No shots were fired.

Altoona Police Department thanked each of the neighbors involved for their efforts to stop the attack and provide first aid to the victim. Authorities also personally thanked Oppenheim, who is a proud owner of a concealed carry permit and says that he has no regrets to how he responded.

When he saw that another person’s life was in danger, he acted responsibly and claims he would do it all over again in a heartbeat.

As for Yancey, he will be facing a number of charges including attempted criminal homicide, terroristic threats, burglary, aggravated assault, and stalking.

The woman was taken to UPMC Altoona for treatment and is now at home recovering.

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Female Hostage Saved by Armed Neighbor in Pennsylvania