Woman calls police and pretends to order pizza in order to save mum from domestic abuse attack
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A woman called the police and pretended to order pizza so she could save her mum from a domestic abuse attack.
Tiffany Urban was worried when her mum's boyfriend showed up at their Ohio family home back in 2019.
The then 38-year-old accused Simon Lopez of repeatedly punching her mum's arm and causing her to fall to the ground.
Urban knew she needed to be clever in this situation so she could protect her family, but also knew the clock was ticking.
So, after seeing this alleged attack she rang the police, and told the dispatcher - Tim Teneyck - she wanted to order a pizza - and understandably, Teneyck was pretty confused to begin with.
He even told her she'd rang the wrong number but Urban insisted.
Teneyck eventually caught on that this was more of a coded call and realised people were at danger.
As reported on ABC13, the transcript of that call reads:
Teneyck: Oregon 911.
Urban: I would like to order a pizza at [address redacted].
Teneyck: You called 911 to order a pizza?
Urban: Uh, yeah. Apartment [redacted].
Teneyck: This is the wrong number to call for a pizza...
Urban: No, no, no. You're not understanding.
Teneyck: I'm getting you now. Is the other guy still there?
Urban: Yep, I need a large pizza.
Teneyck: All right. How about medical, do you need medical?
Urban: No. With pepperoni.
Teneryck then went on to warn the police to turn off their sirens when they approached, explaining Urban had agreed with him there was 'domestic violence going on'.
He told ABC13: "You see it on Facebook, but it's not something that anybody has ever been trained for. Other dispatchers that I've talked to would not have picked up on this.
"They've told me they wouldn't have picked up on this."
According to a police report obtained by The Toledo Blade, the police took Lopez into custody on a misdemeanor domestic violence charge.
But three weeks after her heroic call, Urban suddenly passed away from a cardiac arrest.
Her brother told NBC24: "It was a shining moment because that just kind of shows what kind of a person Tiffany was, that no matter what she's going to be there for her family."
Although this fake pizza order call worked this time round, authorities there warned others about trying out similar methods.
They even warned it could be filtered as a 'prank' if it's not clear there is an emergency.
April Heinze, 911 operations director for the National Emergency Number Association (NENA) told CNN: "There’s over 6,000 911 call centers in the United States. If we used one special code or even a few code words, to get that word out to the public, then all the bad guys would also know."
Either way, both Urban and Teneyck are praised for their actions and communication that night in 2019.