ALL NEWS

A Disney World ticket booker alerted police to a domestic violence victim after taking their call

Jan 26, 2021, 6:56 AM
LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL - JULY 09: A view of the Walt Disney World theme park entrance on July 9, 2020...
LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL - JULY 09: A view of the Walt Disney World theme park entrance on July 9, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (Photo by Octavio Jones/Getty Images)
(Photo by Octavio Jones/Getty Images)

    (CNN) — A Walt Disney World employee who took a call from a woman in Pennsylvania inquiring about booking tickets to the Florida resort on January 9 alerted police in central Pennsylvania that the woman may be dealing with a domestic violence situation at her home, police said.

During the call, the Disney employee heard the woman, who had initially called about booking ticket to the resort, scream “get off me” and “get away from me,” an affidavit from the York County Magisterial District court said.

The employee “became concerned and sensed something was off” when the woman started only answering “yes” or “no” questions and wouldn’t go into detail about her current situation, according to the affidavit.

The affidavit says the Disney employee then asked the woman if she needed law enforcement to come to her home and if someone was hurting her, to which the woman responded “yes” to both questions.

Following the conversation with the woman, the employee called York County 911 and explained the situation, prompting a police response to the woman’s home in Dover Township, Pennsylvania, the affidavit said.

The woman asked responding officers from the Northern York County Regional Police to remove the man identified as Wayne Shiflett from her home for harassing, slapping, and choking her, according to the affidavit.

She told police that she and 38-year-old Shiflett were arguing over him getting “a real job.” Shiflett told the woman he had recently got a job selling fire extinguishers to which the woman told him “that’s not a realistic job” and “if he wanted to be with her, he needed a real job,” the affidavit reads.

According to the affidavit, the woman told police that Shiflett then grabbed her and began to choke her, telling her “you need to learn to keep your f**king mouth shut,” and “I’ll f**king kill you.” He also called her a “spoiled f**king bitch” and choked her three separate times. The woman told police that one of the times Shiflett choked her to the point that she couldn’t breathe, and she felt like she was going to die.

The woman told police she slapped Shiflett in self-defense and he slapped her back and admitted to choking her, the affidavit said.

A background check run by Northern York County Regional Police conducted for Shiflett produced an active warrant for his arrest for theft. He was immediately taken into custody, according to the affidavit.

Shiflett was arrested on January 10, charged with simple assault, along with making terroristic threats, harassment and one count of strangulation. His initial court appearance occurred January 19 and he is being held on $20,000 bail, according to court documents filed in York County Magisterial District Court.

CNN has reached out to Shiflett and Walt Disney World for comment, but at the time of publishing, it has not heard back from either party.

The-CNN-Wire
™ & © 2021 Cable News Network, Inc., a WarnerMedia Company. All rights reserved.

Domestic violence resources

The Utah Domestic Violence Coalition operates a confidential statewide, 24-hour domestic abuse hotline at 1-800-897-LINK (5465). Resources are also available online: udvc.org.

People in abusive relationships can get help by contacting:

 

Today’s Top Stories

All News

The Salt Lake County Sheriff’s office is being sued after what started with a Snapchat request in...
Hugo Rikard-Bell

Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Office being sued after former cadet reports abuse

A former Salt Lake County Sheriff deputy and academy instructor allegedly committed numerous sexual assaults against a former cadet.
1 day ago
Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock speaks during an election day canvass launch on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 20...
The Associated Press

Democratic Sen. Warnock wins Georgia runoff against Walker

The Associated Press has projected Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock as the winner of the Georgia runoff election.
1 day ago
Salt Lake Express...
Mark Jones

Salt Lake Express announces new route to Reno, Nevada

Salt Lake Express is now offering service to Reno, Nevada. The route began Dec. 1 after months of working with the Nevada Department of Transportation.
1 day ago
The Utah Department of Public Safety issued an apology to the family of a woman who was allegedly r...
Thomas Haraldsen

DPS offers apology to family of rape victim from more than 50 years ago

The Utah Department of Public Safety issued an apology to the family of a woman who was allegedly raped by a UHP officer over 50 years ago.
1 day ago
The Salt Lake City Police Department announced its response times for the month of November improve...
Mark Jones

Salt Lake City Police announce response times for November

The Salt Lake City Police Department announced its response times for the month of November improved by 12 minutes and 15 seconds compared to November 2021. 
1 day ago
Gardening writer Jeff Lowenfels identifies five classic holiday plants: paperwhites, poinsettias, C...
JEFF LOWENFELS Associated Press

5 plants that say `holiday season,’ and how to care for them

Gardening writer Jeff Lowenfels identifies five plants that are holiday classics: paperwhites, poinsettias, Christmas trees, amaryllis and Christmas cactus.
1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

Spicy Homemade Loaded Taters Tots...
Macey's

5 game day snacks for the whole family (with recipes!)

Try these game day snacks to make watching football at home with your family feel like a special occasion. 
Happy joyful smiling casual satisfied woman learning and communicates in sign language online using...
Sorenson

The best tools for Deaf and hard-of-hearing workplace success

Here are some of the best resources to make your workplace work better for Deaf and hard-of-hearing employees.
Team supporters celebrating at a tailgate party...
Macey's

8 Delicious Tailgate Foods That Require Zero Prep Work

In a hurry? These 8 tailgate foods take zero prep work, so you can fuel up and get back to what matters most: getting hyped for your favorite
christmas decorations candles in glass jars with fir on a old wooden table...
Western Nut Company

12 Mason Jar Gift Ideas for the 12 Days of Christmas [with recipes!]

There are so many clever mason jar gift ideas to give something thoughtful to your neighbors or friends. Read our 12 ideas to make your own!
wide shot of Bear Lake with a person on a stand up paddle board...

Pack your bags! Extended stays at Bear Lake await you

Work from here! Read our tips to prepare for your extended stay, whether at Bear Lake or somewhere else nearby.
young boy with hearing aid...
Sorenson

Accommodations for students who are deaf and hard of hearing

These different types of accommodations for students who are deaf and hard of hearing can help them succeed in school.
A Disney World ticket booker alerted police to a domestic violence victim after taking their call