Store clerk helps woman escape man holding her captive in Ada

ADA, Okla. (KXII) - A woman raped, beaten and held captive for nearly a week manages to escape with the help of a store clerk.

He brought her to a Dollar General store in Ada Tuesday evening.

An observant store clerk noticed the woman staring at her and mouthing "help me."

"And she was looking at me and she was going like 'Help,' but like quietly like mouthing it," said Hannah Zeier, who was on shift at Dollar General when 34-year-old James Jordanoff and a woman walked inside.

She said the woman was staring at her, mouthing "help."

"And I was like okay yeah I'll help him out with the card. So I fixed the card and they left and they were on their way," Zeier said.

An hour and a half later, they came back. The woman still staring.

Zeier said she mouthed "help" again.

"Help me call the police. So I'm trying to be like nonchalant and so he doesn't know what's going on. She's just staring at me," Zeier said.

She called police once they left.

Officers searched the area for the car.

But an hour later, the woman was back alone with bruises and a black eye.

"I was freaking out. I was praying to God the whole time that she wasn't going to die. I was so scared. And then she came back and I was so relieved," Zeier said.

Police said she told Jordanoff she needed a cigarette as he was walking into the house, then she ran.

Officials said Jordanoff held the victim captive for five to six days.

"Held her there, raped her, abused her, threatened her life continually. Many, many things," said City of Ada public information director Lisa Bratcher.

She told police she got into Jordanoff's car days ago when he offered her a ride to a friend's house.

Instead, police said he brought her to his house.

"I saw a girl over there. But she wasn't like screaming or yelling or anything, she seemed fine. So I just kind of left it as be," said Richard Helms, who lives next door.

He said five to six officers showed up at Jordanoff's place.

"And they just started chasing him around the block. And I heard him screaming, What did I do, what did I do," Helms said.

Police arrested him and took him to the Pontotoc County Jail.

Zeier said she's glad she made the call to police.

"It makes me feel good because I know a lot of people wouldn't have done anything," Zeier said.

The woman was taken to Chickasaw Nation Medical Center for her injuries.

Jordanoff is in jail without bond.

Officials said he faces rape charges, along with kidnapping, weapon, and others.