A Disney World ticket booker alerted police to a domestic violence victim after taking their call
Jan 26, 2021, 6:56 AM
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(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.
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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:
- Utah Domestic Violence Coalition: Utah’s confidential statewide, 24-hour domestic violence hotline at 1-800-897-LINK (5465)
- YWCA Women in Jeopardy program: 801-537-8600
- Utah’s statewide child abuse and neglect hotline: 1-855-323-DCFS (3237)
- National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233