Ohio Woman Reports Domestic Abuse By 'Ordering a Pizza' During 911 Call
By R.J. Johnson - @rickerthewriter
November 21, 2019
A quick-thinking woman in the city of Oregon, Ohio helped put her mom's abuser in handcuffs after she called 911 for help and ordered a pizza, 13 ABC reported.
The scary situation involving domestic abuse began after the alleged abuser, identified as Simon Lopez, 56, arrived home on Nov. 13 and started to argue with the victim. At one point, Lopez allegedly punched the victim with a closed fist on her right arm and pushed her into a wall, a police report on the incident said.
After seeing the violence, the victim's daughter pretended to call a local pizza parlor, dialing 911, and tried to alert the dispatcher that all was not well at her home by trying to order a pizza.
Police released the transcript, praising the young girl for her innovative approach to calling for help.
Dispatcher: Oregon 911
Caller: I would like to order a pizza at...
Dispatcher: You called 911 to order a pizza?
Caller: Uh, yeah, apartment ...
Dispatcher: This is the wrong number to call for a pizza.
Caller: No, no, no, you're not understanding...
Dispatcher: I'm getting it now. Is the other guy still there?
Caller: Yes, I need a large pizza.
The victim's daughter told the news outlet that she lied about ordering pizza to keep her mother's alleged abuser in the dark about her call for help. That way, he wouldn't be able to flee before police arrived.
It was the first time in 14 years that Oregon dispatcher Tim Teneyck had received a 911 call like that.
"You see it on Facebook, but it's not something that anybody has ever been trained for. We're just trained to listen," said Teneyck.
Sadly, Teneyck said domestic violence calls like this were not uncommon in his line of work, but this was the first time he'd ever been alerted to one like that. Because something about the caller didn't seem right to him, Teneyck said his intuition kicked in.
Oregon Chief of Police Michael Navarre praised Teneyck for listening to the caller's true intentions and said other dispatchers might have hung up.
"Excellent dispatch work on the part of our dispatcher," Navarre said. The chief added that if anyone else found themselves in a situation similar to that, they should do whatever they can to convey they are in trouble.
"Somehow or another convey to that police dispatcher that you are in trouble, and this woman did that. She did that not with her words, but with the tone of her voice," he said.
Lopez was arrested and charged with misdemeanor domestic violence. At the time of his arrest, he also had a warrant out for failure to appear. He remains in the Lucas County jail on a $50,000 bond, records show. Lopez has denied the allegations against him.