Quick-Thinking Daughter Makes Fake Pizza Call to 911

That allows officers to arrive and stop an alleged domestic abuse incident
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 21, 2019 6:08 AM CST
Daughter Summons Help With Fake Pizza Call to 911
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A quick-thinking daughter in Oregon, Ohio, teamed up with a quick-thinking 911 dispatcher to stop an alleged domestic abuse incident. The woman called police and pretended to order a pizza, reports ABC 12. The real reason for the call: A man was beating her mother, and the caller didn't want to alert him that she was summoning help, say police. "I would like to order a pizza," the woman says while giving her address, per WTOL. "You called 911 to order a pizza?" asks dispatcher Tim Teneyck. After he initially chides her, she says, "No, no, no, no, no, no. ... You’re not understanding," and he responds, "I'm getting you now."

They talk in code for a bit. "Is the other guy still there?" asks Teneyck. "Yep. I need a large pizza," says the woman. "Alright, how about medical? You need medical?" he asks. "No, with pepperoni," she answers. Teneyck sent officers and advised them to keep their sirens off, and they arrested the 56-year-old suspect. Teneyck has been in the job 14 years and says this is the first time he's had such a call. "I put it together after she said the second time she was really sticking to her pizza story, so I knew there was something else going on," he says. Police chief Michael Navarre says it's a first for him as well and praised Teneyck. "Some dispatchers would have hung up," he says. (More 911 call stories.)

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