Kidnapped and told she had 1 escape option, a woman wrecked his evil plans in the bravest way
A Lynden, Wash., woman crashed her car into the side of a building to escape the man police said kidnapped and threatened to kill her.
On Thursday 24-year-old Michael Eisenman appeared in Whatcom County Court on kidnapping and assault charges.
"He said, 'You're going to have to flip your car and kill me before I kill you,'" June Greene told us from inside her parents' home in Lynden.
So she did.
"I grabbed onto his neck and he had this look of terror in his eyes and he said, 'Slow down,' and he screamed at me, 'Slow down' and I just sped up straight into the wall," June explained.
Eisenman, her alleged abuser, didn't die. Good Samaritans and workers inside the gas station June hit kept him from leaving the scene until police arrived and arrested him. This was the end to an ordeal June said lasted all Tuesday night and all day Wednesday.
"He kept telling me how women need to obey their men and how horrible women are and how lazy I am. He told me I should kill myself," she remembered.
June said her short relationship with him quickly turned aggressive, then finally violent. She said he beat and punched her in the street outside her house before forcing her into her car and demanding she drive to Seattle, where he'd kill her. But not without a stop at a convenience store first.
"The woman at the counter wasn't in front of me, she was to the left of me, and so I had to turn and that's what he noticed — he saw me look at her and I looked at her and I mouthed, 'Help me' and she said, 'Excuse me?' And I tried to play it off like I was just saying hi, just being friendly."
That woman called 911, so police were already on their way when June decided to save herself.
"In that moment I was thinking I could die running my car into this wall, but it's going to be better than what he is going to do to me," June explained, saying she had to make a split-second decision.
Thursday she went to court, where she watched Eisenman wave and salute the camera, but by the end of his bail hearing he was the one in tears, and June was no longer a victim.
"It might give me some satisfaction knowing he sees that I'm okay," she said.
Eisenman has what the prosecutor called a remarkably extensive criminal history in three other states, with a case still pending in Texas; he's being held on $250,000 bond.