Nevada mom's clever 'pocket dial' to 911 saves her and 3 children from kidnapper's blade
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA: A woman from Nevada bravely saved herself and her three children by dialing 911 for help after being kidnapped by her former partner. Justin Carter is now charged with multiple felonies for allegedly kidnapping and holding her ex and her three children at knifepoint in Nevada. A 'pocket dialed' 911 call was received on the night of the incident to the Mesquite Police Department, which alerted them about the moving vehicle that held the captives along with the suspect.
The call was made about 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas near the Utah state line after midnight where the woman spoke quietly and gave out informative details. "The distressed caller was eventually able to quietly speak to the dispatcher, stating she was inside of a vehicle and needed help, but was not able to provide many details," the cops said. In the call, the woman left the line open and talked cautiously, preventing Carter from reading her moves.
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The police department identified the location of the caller and stopped the vehicle carrying a man, a woman, and three children. The signs of crime were apparent and soon the victims were brought to safety along with the man getting detained. "The bravery of this woman and her children cannot be overstated. They maintained their composure, and she bravely created a plan in her head to call for help as soon as she could," said Mesquite Police chief MaQuade Chesley on KVVU, Fox News.
Investigators learned that the 34-year-old man had tried to stab the woman in Las Vegas before kidnapping her along with her three children and threatening them at knifepoint. The woman was praised for her instant thinking and coming up with a quick plan to call 911 for aid. Moreover, the cops admitted to always thoroughly investigating this method of seeking help, "Dispatchers frequently receive ‘pocket dial’ or accidental 911 calls, and an officer is sent to each one of those calls to check on the caller and everybody else there. The incident is exactly why we make these calls a priority. Excellent work by dispatchers and officers to make that family safe!"
Following the felony chargers, Carter was taken to Clark County Detention Center for attempted murder, attempted sexual assault, four counts of second-degree kidnappings in offense of an extended protection order, four counts of violation of an extended protection order, domestic battery with the use of a deadly weapon, and threatening with the use of a deadly weapon. He also resisted being taken in handcuffs at the time of arrest, which led to another charge of violation.
Justin Junius Carter had pleaded guilty in November 2012 to assault with a deadly weapon and discharging a firearm at an occupied structure or vehicle, and was placed on probation for nearly five years under court orders. He is due in court in connection with the current felony on October 26.