Florida man jailed after abused girlfriend slips shop assistant note asking for help

A Florida man is behind bars after his girlfriend, who he allegedly abused, slipped a note to a vendor asking for help, according to Fox 13 Tampa Bay.

Mark Frumosu, 37, was arrested on Tuesday and faced with eight charges ranging from felony possession of a firearm to aggravated assault in connection with the case. He is in jail on over $108,000 bail.

The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office said Frumosu also subjected the woman to a “appalling ordeal,” which included being held at gunpoint, earlier in the day.

Fox 13 Tampa Bay reported a five-page arrest affidavit, which was declared the moment the store employee, who was a complete stranger, immediately jumped into action to help the woman in distress. The woman is said to have been in a long-term relationship with Frumosu.

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Mark Frumosu, 37, was arrested on November 15, 2022 on multiple charges after allegedly abusing his longtime partner.

Mark Frumosu, 37, was arrested on November 15, 2022 on multiple charges after allegedly abusing his longtime partner.
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The affidavit says the incident began when lawmakers in Clearwater, Fla., called a traffic stop to check on the driver. The note given to the clerk said the driver needed help and the police had to be called.

According to the document, police received information showing Frumosu was in the vehicle and there are pending warrants for his arrest.

The affidavit also said the woman was “terrified and terrified” for hours prior to the arrest. Frumosu reportedly pulled her hair, banged her head on the door and “took the victim’s cell phone and threw it down the toilet to prevent the victim from reporting a crime to law enforcement.”

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Deputies from the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office responded to the call.

Deputies from the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office responded to the call.
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Although details about the store and the helpful shop assistant have not been released, supporters of victims of domestic violence applaud the woman for her bravery and the shop assistant for thinking quickly.

“Many survivors stay because they are afraid,” The Spring of Tampa Bay President Mindy Murphy said, according to Fox 13. “Many survivors end up leaving because they are afraid. And the fear of what might happen if they try to leave ends up being outweighed by the fear of what will happen. Right. What you start thinking will happen if you stay.”

The Tampa Bay Source is a resource center for victims of domestic violence and offers victims help in every situation.

“We all have legal resources. Of course we have emergency shelters. We have outpatient services. You know, you are not alone if you are a domestic violence survivor. We’re here to help,” Murphy said.

A purple ribbon lies next to a sign drawing attention to domestic violence.

A purple ribbon lies next to a sign drawing attention to domestic violence.

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Anyone needing assistance can call The Spring of Tampa Bay at 813-247-SAFE (7233).

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