Ohio woman calls 911 to order pizza and dispatcher sends police to stop domestic violence
An Ohio woman made a call to 911 and said she would like to order pizza. She was actually reporting domestic violence against her mother. Police dispatcher reacted professionally and the call ended with the arrest of the assaulter.
Tim Teneyck, the police dispatcher who received the unusual call, first told the woman that it was wrong number to order a pizza.
"No, no, no, no ... you're not understanding," the caller insisted.
When it clicked, Teneyck was quick to interject: "I'm getting you now ... the guy still there?"
"Yeah, I need a large pizza," the caller said. "Pepperoni."
"I'll get 'em going," Teneyck assured her.
Then Teneyck tried to find out if somebody on the other line needed a medical assistance and if the caller could stay online. When she answered “no” to both question the dispatcher once again assured her that the help is on its way and hung up.
Oregon chief of Police, Michael Navarra praised Teneyck’s work saying that not every dispatcher would catch up with an idea that it was really a domestic violence call and “some would have hung up.”
"He utilized his training and his experience to recognize that a woman was in distress," Navarre added. "We have no way of knowing what would have happened if she didn't get through."
The caller was the 38-year-old daughter of a 57-year-old woman, whose boyfriend came home drunk on Nov. 13, telling the 57-year-old that he was "going to beat her ass" before punching and pushing her, witness said in a police report, according to NBC News.
When the police arrived, they handcuffed the suspect.
By pretending to order pizza, while actually calling 911, an Ohio woman was able to help police catch the man hitting her mother. pic.twitter.com/liWTLFGsPe— WTVG 13abc (@13abc) November 20, 2019