Pizza guy delivers pizza to house then sees woman with a black eye inside mouthing “Help me”
When he knocked at the door, a man opened to pay but, over his should, the driver observed a disturbing scene.
Jenny Brown

Imagine this: a regular day at work turns into a life-saving mission.

This is exactly what happened to Joey Grundl, a Domino’s Pizza delivery guy from Waldo, Wisconsin.

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YouTube - Hail News

His story is not just about delivering pizzas; it’s about how an ordinary day can turn extraordinary.

Joey’s routine delivery took a dramatic turn at a woman’s house.

As he rang the bell, a man named Dean Hoffman answered.

But it was the silent plea for help from a middle-aged woman behind Hoffman that caught Joey’s attention.

She had a black eye and mouthed the words:

“Call police.”

Joey, in an interview with Hail News, recalled the chilling moment:

“It’s kind of scary. Gave him his pizza, and noticed behind him was his girlfriend. She pointed to a black eye that was quite visible. She mouthed the words ‘call police.'”

One might expect Joey to react immediately, but he wisely chose to act nonchalantly.

He completed the transaction without raising suspicion.

Once safely back in his car, Joey didn’t waste a moment and called the police to report what he had seen.

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YouTube - Hail News

When the police arrived, Hoffman initially tried to block them but eventually let them in.

They found the woman, battered and bruised, and took her to the hospital.

Hoffman was promptly arrested, bringing an end to the woman’s ordeal.

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YouTube - Hail News

The victim, a 57-year-old woman, shared her harrowing experience.

She and Hoffman had dated and lived together until August 2018.

After their breakup, she moved to a new home.

But the following month, Hoffman barged into her house uninvited.

When she tried to call the police, Hoffman snatched the phone away, dragged her upstairs, and subjected her to physical abuse.

The woman recounted how Hoffman shoved her, causing her to fall down the stairs.

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YouTube - Hail News

He pulled her hair, tore her shirt, and tried to drag her upstairs.

In a desperate attempt to escape, she hit him in the groin.

That’s when he punched her, resulting in a black eye and a bloody nose.

He then tied her hands and feet with a vacuum cleaner cord and gagged her with a towel.

Somehow, she managed to convince Hoffman to untie her.

And when Joey arrived to deliver the pizza, she seized the opportunity to signal for help.

Joey’s timely intervention and her quick thinking led to her rescue and the arrest of her abuser.

Joey’s bravery didn’t go unnoticed.

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YouTube - Hail News

His heroic act was featured on television, where he was seen wearing a hoodie from Taylor Swift’s Reputation tour.

Swift’s fans, recognizing Joey, tagged the singer in photos and videos of the hero.

Joey, already a fan with tickets to her Washington show, received an unexpected surprise when Swift invited him to meet her backstage.

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Instagram - joeygrundl

Joey’s story is a reminder that heroes can emerge in the most unexpected places.

His quick thinking and courageous action not only saved a life but also brought a dangerous individual to justice.

It’s a testament to the impact one person can have, even in the course of their everyday job.

So, the next time you order a pizza, remember Joey’s story.

You never know when a simple act can lead to something life-changing.

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