Jamison S. Koczan helped to rescue a woman from assault, Winter Park, Florida, June 16, 2014. After her husband struck her, forced her into his pickup truck, and then threatened her with a handgun, a 40-year-old woman opened the vehicle’s passenger door and screamed for help as the assailant attempted to drive from the parking lot of an office complex. At work in one of the nearby buildings, Koczan, 38, video editor, and a coworker witnessed the attack. They left the building and approached the truck, Koczan going to its passenger side. He reached into the vehicle, grasped the woman, and pulled her from the assailant’s grasp. The assailant left the vehicle and, pointing the gun at Koczan and the coworker, threatened to shoot Koczan if he did not release the woman. Koczan ran with the woman away from the vehicle and circled back to his office building, the assailant in pursuit. At a point about four feet from the building’s front door, Koczan fell to the pavement, the assailant about 15 feet behind him. The coworker, who had arrived about then, took the woman into the building and locked themselves in a private office. Koczan regained his footing, fled into the building, and locked the door behind him, but the assailant broke through the door, using the butt of his gun. He proceeded to the private office and, threatening the coworker with the gun, demanded that she release his wife. The coworker refused him. The assailant left the building and fled the scene in his truck but later turned himself in to police.
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