NITRO, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Amy Thomas says she's thankful to be alive after Nitro Police say her ex-boyfriend attacked her and held her captive for more than an hour while her two young children were in the house.
Asked what was going through her head while this was happening, Amy Thomas said she thought she was going to die.
"I thought he was going to kill me the whole time. That's what I kept saying to him. 'Please don't kill me, please don't kill me,' because I didn't want the kids to see it."
Thomas said she and Larry Brown were together for more than 15 years, and during that time, the domestic violence escalated. Three months ago, Thomas filed a domestic violence petition against Brown -- but she says that hasn't stopped him.
On Thursday night, Nitro Police said Brown showed up uninvited to Thomas' home along Broadway Avenue in Nitro and heard her talking on the phone. At that point, police said he grabbed the phone from her and hung it up.
"[He] demanded to know who she was talking to," Nitro Police Major David Richardson said. "When she tried to get it back and tried to leave, he physically assaulted her."
Thomas told officers this continued for more than an hour, while her 6-year-old daughter and 5-year-old son were in the house. Finally, she said she was able to get her phone and send a message to the first person she saw -- her minister's wife.
"I put call, like 'c-a-' -- and it just finished it for me," Thomas said. "Then I put 'cops now' and hit send and trash can. And she got it."
Nitro Police say they were familiar with this house when they got the call and that this wasn't the first time they had been there for domestic violence. The petition requires Brown to stay 600 feet away from Thomas and their two children. Thomas said that since he can legally be 601 feet away, the petition has not stopped him.
"He walked all the time, up and down through town. Every time I would leave I would see him. Every time I would go anywhere I would see him," Thomas said. "And he said, 'I would watch you and I knew everywhere you were going and everything that you were doing.'"
"We take those very seriously," Richardson said. "That situation has been ongoing. That's not the first time he has violated the domestic violence petition."
Police say they think jail is the best place for Brown right now. He is currently facing charges of kidnapping and burglary.
Thomas said she wishes her ex-boyfriend would go to counseling or get help.
"My kids love their dad," Thomas said. "They don't see that side of him the way that I do, and for me, I just want to not be scared. I don't want to live in fear every second of the day. I don't want my kids to constantly think that their mom's not going to be there."
WSAZ.com reached out to Brown, who is being held at the South Central Regional Jail, but he declined to give any comments on the situation.
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