Florida store clerk to see the woman mouth “help,” calling the police

Jose Ramos Sandoval was arrested by Florida authorities Sunday after police say he held a woman captive in his car, and was discovered after a store employee saw the woman mouth the word ‘help’.

(Jacksonville County Sheriff’s Office)

An employee of a Florida supermarket was thanked by law enforcement Monday to report a woman’s desperate cry for ‘help’.

A clerk at a Kangaroo Express dialed 911 on Sunday when he saw a strange sight: A woman, sitting on the inside of a vehicle in the store parking lot, talking about the word “help” to him for about 1 hour, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.

An employee of a Kangaroo Express store in Jacksonville, Florida, called the police on Sunday, when she saw a woman mouth the word “help” to him if she ends up in a vehicle.


The concerned store employee gave police a description of the vehicle, and when officers spotted the vehicle, the driver “recklessly” fled with the woman still in the car.

Ultimately, the defendant — who by the police as Jose Ramos Sandoval was arrested.


The alleged victim told the police that she thought she knew Sandoval as a friend of a friend, and they got in the car with him, when he offered her a lift as she was walking from one beach bar to another. The two actually know each other.


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The woman said Sandoval began driving in the wrong direction and left the beach, police said. When she tried to exit the vehicle, she said, he pulled at her hair to keep her inside.

It was around that time that the “victim was afraid for her safety, in the sense that he’s trying to keep her confined to the vehicle,” the officials said. “They had the feeling as if mouthing ‘help’ to the Kangaroo employee was her only chance to escape.”

Sandoval confessed to the police and was arrested for false imprisonment, on the run from the police, and violation of probation.

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