SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — The woman Dylan Ites is accused of attacking is sharing her story in hopes of saving lives.
When Ites showed up to Brooke’s home Friday, she says she was hesitant about letting him inside.
“I decided the best option would be to go out my garage way and then I figured my kids are safe in their room. They were nowhere where he could hurt them,” Brooke said.
Brooke says he was upset that she wanted to end their relationship.
“He just kind of got this blank stare and looked at me and said, ‘If you aren’t a part of the plan and if I can’t have you, then no one can and so I’m going to have to kill you.’ And he says sorry while he’s telling me that,” Brooke said.
She says he strangled her multiple times.
“I just remember thinking, ‘Honestly, he’s not letting go. Is he going to let go? Is this it for me? Will I ever be able to see my kids again? Hold them? See my family?’ I was terrified,” Brooke said.
She attempted calling 911 more than once, but the struggles made it difficult.
She remembers waking up halfway under a car in the garage and later getting help from a construction worker as police arrived in the area.
Days after the attack it still hurts to recount the frightening day, but if it can help others, Brooke say it’s worth it.
“I never in a million years dreamt that a grab would turn into a push and a shove. That that would turn into a slap or a hit. It was all of these, ‘I’m sorrys. I love you.’ It’s all of these things that blind you. And it’s not because you don’t know your own worth. It’s fear and love; they’re two really strong things,” Brooke said.
She wants others facing this same situation to take the warning signs seriously.
“I know this is something that happens every day to so many different people…women, men, every gender. It’s happening out there. If I can save one life and help somebody make decision I would’ve made,” Brooke said.
Brooke says she may not be alive today if it weren’t for police and the K-9.
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