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Text message saves woman from kidnapping

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Police said a woman barely escaped after being held hostage by her boyfriend, and a text message may have saved her life.

20-year-old Laura Dunlap said a man she'd been dating for just two weeks attacked her. He slapped, choked, and kidnapped her, but her mother came to her rescue.

"He wouldn't let me out. He wouldn't let me go home," Dunlap said. "If I didn't have enough battery to contact my mom to tell her what's going on, to shoot her a text message, who knows how long I would’ve been there?”

According to MPD, 37-year-old Johnson Salsberry took her to his home on the 700 block of North Parkway and held her hostage on Tuesday.

She said after an argument, he started drinking and things quickly got out of hand.

"I can't even count how many times he done choked me and pulled my hair,” Dunlap said. “My scalp is still tender because he was pulling my hair so hard.”

Her mom received the text message and called police. When they arrived, police said he would not let her go until officers finally convinced him.

Now, Dunlap wants women to learn from her experience.

"You just got through hitting me, choking me, slapping me around, throwing me around, but you love me. And I told him I don't want this kind of love."

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