911 Dispatcher to Rape Victim: You Saved Your Own Life
CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. - In the middle of a terrifying situation, a rape victim's quick thinking saved her life.
The woman's attacker told her to call her boyfriend, so he could hear her being assaulted, but instead the woman called 911 and the dispatcher played along until police could get to her.
The dispatcher told NewsRadio 106.7's Christy Hutchings he did nothing, but answered the call. He said she saved her own life.
Monday morning, Daeontae Smith got what he called the worst call of his career. A woman was in desperate need of help after being kidnapped and driven nearly ten miles to an adult novelty shop in Clayton County.
The woman's attacker insisted she call her boyfriend so the boyfriend could listen as she was being assaulted. But Instead of calling her boyfriend, she called 911 and got Smith who played along as though he was the boyfriend.
"Just go with the flow, that's all you can do. You have to improvise. When you're dispatching not everything is going to be written down, not everything is black and white," said Smith.
The victim was able to give Smith her location right away.
Smith remained on the phone with her for about five minutes until officers arrived. He said that hardest part was listening and not being able to do anything to stop it. Since then he's listened to the call again and it doesn't get easier.
"It does send chills through my body and the two times I listened back I teared up a little bit. Very tough situation to deal with," said Smith.
He hopes to one day meet the woman he helped and give her a message in person.
"You saved your own life with your quick thinking. Thank you for making it easy for me by doing what you did," said Smith.
Tuesday morning, the suspect, Robert Giles had his first court appearance. He's charged with rape, false imprisonment, and obstruction. He was denied bond, and will remain at the Clayton County Jail.
Police said they will not be releasing the 911 call because of its graphic nature and because it is still part of an open investigation.