She literally waited for hours. There were several calls to 911, some indicating that the guy who attacked her was still hanging around. Call for Action Investigation: Woman waits hours for police after being assaulted.
She was able to escape the assault and get back inside (a local library) with the help of some good Samaritans. She needed medical attention but the ambulance crew wouldn’t come in because the scene had not been cleared by police, and the suspect was still on the property. She waited 4 hours, eventually called the news station. They got there before the cops did. (In fact the cops only showed up after News crew call them.)
According to the 911 call logs 11 News requested from police, two calls came in to 911 just before noon that day, and then the calls continued over the next four hours.
Caller 1: “We’ve got an assault outside the building.”
Caller 2: “We’ve had a woman that’s been assaulted, and…”
Caller 3: “And he attacked her and was physically abusing her and dragging her across the front of the library.”
Rhonda was able to get away from the man with the help of those good Samaritans, but she says he stayed in the parking lot, threatening her.
“Yeah he was just wandering around like waiting for her to be alone like so he can come beat her again.” Max, the young witness said to our crew.
So cops sat around, didn’t respond to an assault. Didn’t respond to a person who needed medical attention (she will be OK), and basically only got off their asses when they realized that they had a PR disaster in the making. Yeah, that is the system I want to bet my life on.
And don’t hold your breath on whether the cops will ever explain this. It is clear, that they want the issue to just GO AWAY. (“Nothing to see here! Move along!”)
After weeks of going back and forth, police sat down with us, but when asked about the case, a police spokesperson said he hadn’t gone over the dispatch tapes yet and therefore could not discuss the case in specifics. Colorado Springs Police Department Spokesman Lt. Howard Black: “I haven’t gone through and listened, and I’m happy to do that if we’re going to drill down to that level, I’m happy to go through and listen and read through each one.”
11 News agreed to give police more time to review the calls, but at the writing of this article, two weeks have passed and our repeated requests for a follow up interview have gone unanswered.
You can call 911 and they might send you help. Or you can call 911 and they might completely ignore you.