A woman was saved from a potential deadly situation after leaving a note asking for help in a gas station bathroom.

Sweetwater Police Officer Chris Corona said he went to the Circle K gas station on New Highway 68 on a note left in the bathroom. Corona said the note, when found, said, “Tell Police room 218 need help ... He broke my cellphone. Sept. 28, 2021.”

Corona said he went to the nearest hotel, the Economy Inn, and went to room 218 and found a man later identified as Robert Vann. Corona asked him if there was anyone else in the room with him and he said there was a juvenile and a woman. He told Corona she was in the shower and everyone was OK.

Corona asked Vann if he could talk to the woman and she came out of the bathroom. Corona said he could tell, as she walked toward him, that she had multiple signs of having been assaulted. He said both her eyes were bruised, there was a large bump on her forehead and more bruising on the right side of her temple.

When asked, the woman said she had been assaulted by Vann, who she said is her boyfriend, multiple times in the past 24 hours.

Vann, 51, Highway 411 South, Delano, was charged with domestic assault.

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