A woman is recovering after police say she was badly beaten by her enraged estranged husband, but it could have been worse if not for the help from strangers driving on the highway.
Prosecutors have charged Robert Tyus, whose 39th birthday is later this month, with two felonies including first-degree domestic assault. His wife suffered broken facial bones as well as other injuries, according to authorities.
Tyus is being held on $100,000 bond.
According to court records, officers raced to Highway 40 and Interstate 70 in east Kansas City after motorists reported seeing a man driving on the highway beating a woman and then assaulting her after she managed to leap from the truck when he stopped. The man was on top of the woman repeatedly pummeling her when passerbys ran up with makeshift weapons, according to authorities.
This occurred the afternoon of Jan. 30.
Mark Golden was on his way to work when he said he saw the events unfolding.
"He was set in to hurt her bad," Golden recalled. "She held up her hands to defend herself and he hit her and knocked her across the lane."
He called 911. The dispatcher told him to stay back, but he said he couldn't wait for police to arrive while the woman was being hurt so badly.
"I said, 'You're not seeing what I'm seeing and this is going to stop!'" he recalled.
Two other men stopped to help. Golden had an ax handle as protection while another man clenched a metal pipe.
Faced with the three men, Tyus ran to his vehicle and took off. He was later taken into custody, authorities said.
This is the second time in a matter of weeks that motorists have come to the aid of a woman being battered.
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Sunday, August 31 2014 3:28 PM EDT2014-08-31 19:28:29 GMT
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