Woman flees to a Fresno County fire station to escape her boyfriend’s abuse, authorities say


A Fresno County Fire station got a huge surprise when a woman dropped by and told staff she’s been assaulted by her boyfriend Friday.

That boyfriend, Jorge Vasquez, 30, of Fresno, is now behind bars. He is accused of sending his girlfriend to the hospital and is facing charges of spousal abuse, assault with a deadly weapon, making criminal threats, intimidating or threatening a victim, kidnapping and being a felon in possession of a firearm. He is also being held on a probation violation.

The brave woman is now recovering, the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office confirmed.

It all at started Friday morning at the Cal Fire station off Tollhouse and Pitman Hill roads when the woman said she was a victim of domestic violence and needed helped by staff to get the sheriff’s office involved.

“(She gave us) suspect information and description of the vehicle he was driving. She apparently lives close by and she may have walked, it’s still under investigation at this time,” says Battalion Chief Seth Brown.

The sheriff’s office located the car of Vasquez around Highway 168 and Academy Avenue. After being pulled over, he surrendered and was taken into custody.

“We recommend that you try to go to a public place,” Brown says of victims seeking help when calling 911 isn’t an option.

He adds, “The situation is less likely to escalate when there’s more people around, when you’re in a public place. Sometimes that also provides the avenue for the person to call 911, so law enforcement can get there as soon as possible.”

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