LAKELAND, Fla. - Prior to her abduction, Elizabeth Hamilton petitioned a Polk County judge twice for an order of protection against her ex fiance, Brett Curtis.
Curtis allegedly abducted his 26-year-old ex fiance Monday night from Lakeland Square Mall. Authorities say he took her on a terror ride through Central Florida. Throughout the ride, Curtis made chilling calls to 911 and even put Hamilton on the phone to beg for her life.
In the end, Hamilton escaped and Curtis took his own life.
But long before the terrifying ordeal, there were signs that trouble was ahead.
In August, Hamilton first petitioned the court for an order of protection. Hamilton stated that Curtis threatened to hurt her, stalked her, attempted to harm her family and threatened to use weapons against her.
Perhaps the most telling is a statement Hamilton penned documenting the threats.
"I wanted him to let me move on, " wrote Hamilton. "He said he couldn't do that. He got extremely upset and threatened to come over to my parent's home and blow a hole through our front door and shoot my mother and father and then shoot me."
Hamilton goes on to recall Curtis telling her, "You're a dead woman."
An order of protection was not granted because Hamilton failed to appear in court on her scheduled court date. Thus, the petition was dismissed.
Hamilton filed another petition in late September.
In that petition, Hamilton stated that on August 4, Curtis used or threatened to use a weapon against her. On that same day, it is noted that Curtis threatened to hurt Hamilton.
A written statement in that petition possibly shows how Curtis planned to abduct Hamilton.
"My mother picks me up from work and tells me that her and my father saw him (Curtis) pull up to the entrance where I usually leave at night. He spotted them and left," Hamilton wrote.
Hamilton also noted Curtis owned a rifle, shotgun and 9mm Glock.
FATHER ON PHONE WITH DAUGHTER'S ABDUCTOR DURING CHASE
Hamilton's father spoke to ABC Action News Tuesday afternoon and provided details of the troubled relationship.
Joe Hamilton says his daughter dated Curtis for three years but that they broke up five months ago. He described the relationship as both physically and verbally abusive.
At one time, Curtis lived with the Hamilton's at their Grimes Road home. Joe said that in the past few months, Curtis "appeared to go off the deep end."
He also backed up what his daughter wrote in the second petition regarding Curtis stalking her at her work.
Perhaps most startling was Joe's revelation that during the abduction and chase, he spoke to Curtis over the phone at least four times. He said Curtis told him he put eight pillows in the backseat so Elizabeth would be comfortable and promised that he wouldn't hurt her.
Joe says his daughter is now in a state of complete shock. He noted that she is battling feelings of guilt, relief and anger.
As a father, he says he is "elated" she made it out unscathed.
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