Hang-up 911 call leads to arrest of former boyfriend for violating stay away orders

A hang-up 911 call yesterday (Thursday, Jan. 31) has lead to the arrest and charging of a woman's former boyfriend who was under a court order to stay away from the woman, say Sarnia Police, who emphasize that ALL emergency calls are responded to, regardless of what may or may not be said on the other line.

In this case, when officers responded to the originating residence in the 300 block of Campbell Street, a woman greeted them (two officers go to every 911 call) at the door. She was crying and told officers her former boyfriend had left on a bike.

When officers investigated, part of their procedure to check on the welfare of all occupants, they found broken glass on the floor. They were told a verbal altercation had occurred before police arrived.

Other officers checked the area and found a 53-year-old Sarnia man in question in the area of Sutton and Confederation Streets.  Further investigation revealed the man was on a Recognizance of Bail with conditions not to associate or communicate with the woman or to be within 25 meters of her.  He was promptly arrested and held for bail, facing two charges of Breach of Recognizance.

While some 911 calls are found to be someone who has “miss dialed” or children playing with the phone, this is an example of a call that was not false and a reason why two officers are always sent.      

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