AUSTIN EDITION Woman says she was threatened
From staff reports
A woman traveling with her boyfriend, an over-the-road truck driver, reported she'd been threatened and had one of her suitcases slashed by the man while they were at Hormel Foods Corp., said Austin Police Capt. Curt Rude.
The incident occurred about 8:30 a.m. Monday.
The woman, from Lawrenceville, Ga., told officers she and the man had argued in the truck on the way here from Missouri. When they stopped at Hormel's main plant, she removed her luggage while the man was inside arranging for the truck to be loaded, said Rude. When the man saw her standing with her belongings outside the truck, he ran outside and she told him she was leaving him. The man then cut one of her suitcases with a knife and told her he'd kill her, Rude said.
The woman told police she believes he would have stabbed her if other truck drivers had not been in the area, Rude said. The man got in the truck and drove away, then called the woman's cell phone and told her he'd kill himself if she didn't stay with him, Rude said.
When officers arrived, a Hormel security guard gave them a knife retrieved from the suitcase.
The woman would not give police the man's phone number and said she does not know which trucking company he works for, Rude said. She was given a ride to the bus station in Austin.