Deonte Smith is a 911 dispatcher in Clayton County, Georgia. As a 911 dispatcher he receives all sorts of phone calls every day, and recently encountered one of the oddest phone calls he has ever experienced.
Smith received a phone call from a woman who acted as if Smith was her boyfriend. The woman was being attacked by a man who forced her to call her boyfriend so that he could listen to her being attacked. The victim instead called 911. Smith quickly caught on, and played along with the victim. He tried to convince the attacker to leave his “girlfriend” alone, while at the same time quickly finding the location of the woman to dispatch the police.
“[It was] the most extreme call of my career. I have a daughter, I have a sister, and I have a mom. It’s difficult, it really is. I was really upset,” Smith said.
Luckily, the police arrived while the suspect was still assaulting the woman. The suspect, Robert Timothy Giles, has been arrested for false imprisonment, rape, and obstruction of justice. “I’m glad I was there to help her. I really can’t say it enough. She saved her own life with her quick thinking,” Smith continued.
Smith is a senior operator and said that the timing of the phone call was extremely crucial.
“Honestly I’d say divine intervention. I was the only guy on the floor that night. The other guy we had had just left not too long before the call came in,” Smith said. The phone call was placed at 4 o’clock in the morning.
Although Smith was quick on his feet and helped save the woman, he attributes the victim’s escape to her own clever thinking. The victim was in distress but thought quick on her feet when she was forced to call her boyfriend.