She’ll take a large pie, hold the domestic violence.
A quick-thinking Ohio woman pretended to order a pizza — but was really calling 911 — to save her mother from an alleged abuser, police said.
The unidentified woman covertly called police on Nov. 13 to calmly request a pizza to be sent to her apartment, where Simon Lopez, 56, allegedly showed up drunk and started assaulting her mother, the Toledo Blade reported.
“I would like to order a pizza,” she told Tim Teneyck, a dispatcher with the police department in Oregon, a suburb of Toledo.
“You called 911 to order a pizza?” Teneyck replied. “This is the wrong number to call for a pizza.”
“No, no, no, no, no, no, no — you’re not understanding,” the woman said, prompting Teneyck to catch on to what was unfolding on the other line.
“I’m getting you now, I got it,” the dispatcher continued. “What apartment? Is the other guy still there?”
The savvy caller kept up the ruse, saying she did indeed need a “large pizza … with pepperoni” to be sent over, according to the 911 recording.
Responding cops later took Lopez into custody on a misdemeanor domestic violence charge after he punched the woman’s mother so hard that she fell into a wall, according to a police report obtained by the Toledo Blade.
Lopez came to the women’s home “disorderly, loud, verbally and physically abusive” and threatened to beat the victim after punching her, she told police. Lopez denied the accusations, police said.
Oregon Police Chief Michael Navarre praised Teneyck’s alertness, saying he was “extremely proud” of his work and now plans to incorporate it into dispatcher training.
“He picked up on a woman who was in distress, but was in a position where she couldn’t convey it to him in those words,” Navarre told the newspaper. “And then he was able to ask her all the right questions without outing her in harm’s way.”
Teneyck, a veteran police dispatcher of 14 years, said it’s the first time he’s received such a covert plea for help.
“You see it on Facebook, but it’s not something that anybody has ever been trained for,” he told WTVG. “We’re just trained to listen.”
Teneyck said his intuition told him something just wasn’t right on the other side of the phone line.
“Other dispatchers that I’ve talked to would not have picked up on this,” he said. “They’ve told me they wouldn’t have picked up on this.”
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