When police arrived at 3:30 this morning, they found the woman sitting in an otherwise empty parking lot off Stemmons Freeway in Northwest Dallas, her face swollen and her upper lip bleeding. She was distraught and not a little drunk, and kept repeating "He's going to kill them! He's going to kill the babysitter and my kids! Please help!"
The people standing around her were strangers. They'd been there to watch a man run her over, his car dragging for 100 feet before she came loose and he drove away. They'd rushed to see if she was OK, then called police. They weren't sure what the woman was referring to.
Eventually, the woman, a 26-year-old from Fort Worth, calmed down enough to give the officers a narrative of the night's events. She'd been leaving her house at 11:30 on Monday night when her boyfriend, or maybe her ex-boyfriend (a police report doesn't specify), drove up and told her to get in the car. When she refused, he punched her, then put a gun to her head. Reluctantly, she stepped into the passenger seat.More »