'What are you doing to me?': Paul Pelosi made 'secret' 911 call and spoke to operator 'in code' about attacker
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA: Paul Pelosi, husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, was able to call 911 before being attacked by the intruder with a hammer, allowing dispatch to respond urgently to the break-in. In a news conference held on October 28, on Friday night, the San Francisco Police Department revealed that Paul Pelosi was able to contact the police to his $6 million San Francisco home at 2.27 am by dialing 911 from his mobile, even though his assailant was still inside the house, DailyMail reported.
Paul Pelosi, 82, was able to dial 911 and also managed to communicate with the operator "in code" in an effort to avoid enraging his attacker even more. He also wanted to keep the operator on line for as long as possible till the police arrived so that they would be aware of his situation. According to Police Chief William Scott, the attacker and Paul Pelosi were each clutching a hammer when the officers arrived at the scene.
Paul informed the burglar that he had to go the restroom and then made a 911 call while leaving the phone line open. Dispatcher Heather Grimes heard Paul Pelosi and the intruder conversing and called the police to report the incident, Los Angeles Times reported.
According to reports, the 911 operator felt something was off when she overheard Pelosi saying: "What's going on? Why are you here? What are you doing to me?" Then, the operator was heard speaking with police dispatch and reporting the situation, "He states there is a male in the home and that he is going to wait for his wife. He stated that he doesn't know who the male is but that his name is David and that he is a friend. He sounded somewhat confused," said the operator to the police. The police dispatch can then be heard declaring a 'code 3' which on the police radio is the code for an emergency.
"It was thanks to Mr Pelosi having the ability to make that call" and the "instincts of that dispatcher to realize something was wrong" that the police were able to reach him so quickly, San Francisco District Attorney Brooke Jenkins told CNN. "They got there within two minutes to respond to this situation." William Scott, the chief of police in San Francisco, also commends the 911 operator for recognizing a problem. It indicated that the call was handled more urgently as a "emergency" than as a "welfare-check."
"I want to reemphasize and thank our dispatcher Heather Grimes for her intuition, for quick thinking. She had to interpret what she was being told and based on her experience and her intuition, she basically figured out that there was something more to this incident than what she was being told," Scott said. "Her actions, in my opinion, resulted in a higher priority dispatch and faster police response," Scott added.
Pelosi was attacked by the culprit and was transported right away to a neighboring hospital. Additionally, it is being looked into if the attacker, who was shouting, "Where's Nancy?," intended to strike Nancy Pelosi instead. The alleged attacker has been detained by the police, and they are now looking into the motive behind the crime.