“Priority 2″…..Ten minutes is forever when there is a crazed person trying to get in your door.
GREENSBORO — Jessica Taylor waited nearly 10 minutes for police to arrive as a stranger twice her size was outside her house going “berserk,” yelling, screaming and throwing whatever he could find at the front door.
With her children hiding in a bedroom, Taylor talked to a 911 operator.
“I kept asking: ‘Are they coming? Where are they? How much longer?’ ” Taylor recalled last week.
When police arrived at 11:23 a.m., they found 35-year-old Aaron Andrews, a career criminal with a history of drug problems.
Andrews would later die in police custody. The cause has yet to be determined.
Largely overlooked that June 17 day has been the length of time it took officers to respond to Taylor’s 911 call.
Nearly five minutes passed before dispatchers sent police to the Maybank Drive residence, in the southwest part of the city.
“I basically just watched him through the door trying to break in for 10 minutes,” Taylor said. “He was so drugged up that it was terrifying, but I don’t think he had the mental capacity to actually get in the house at that point.”
by Danielle Battaglia