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Chilling 911 by woman who fought off man with Natalie Holloway connection

Sarasota County

North Port police released a chilling 911 call made by a woman who stabbed a man after an attempted kidnapping.

That man, it turns out, was connected to the Natalee Holloway disappearance investigation. 

Last Wednesday morning, Emily Heistand drove back home from her boyfriend’s house to pick up her daughter. She then came face to face with terror.

“He had a knife to my neck. He told me he was going to kill me if I didn’t give him the keys,” a frantic Heistand said on the call.

Her former roommate, John Ludwick, was waiting for her. He gained notoriety after he recently admitted he helped Joran van der Sloot dispose of the remains of Natalee Holloway.

“He was wearing all black like a face mask, a jacket, everything,” she described on the phone.

“He must’ve been hiding behind my other car because I heard somebody run over and I knew it was him when I started screaming right away and I couldn’t close the door quick enough,” said Heistand.

Heistand fought back.

“I got the knife from him and I stabbed him!” she said.

And then she kept fighting.

“He had his arm around my neck and I just kept swinging it back at him because I thought I was gonna die and I think I got him, because when I went inside he was on the ground sitting,” Heistand told the dispatcher.

Ludwick ran off and later died from his wounds. Heistand said Ludwick had been stalking her for months. 

“I told him if he doesn’t leave me alone I’m gonna get the police involved and yesterday he told me ‘you just sealed your fate,” said Heistand.

Police say there’s a lesson here.

“Its unfortunate we live in a society like this, but if you feel that you’re concerned of somebody stalking you or threatening you, reach out to us,” said North Port police spokesman Josh Taylor.

Police are still investigating the case.

After officials realized Ludwick’s ties to Natalee Holloway, they immediately notified federal agencies.

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