NEW YORK DAILY NEWS – An 82-year-old woman who was sexually assaulted had to wait for more than three hours for Milwaukee police to show up after she dialed 9-1-1, according to reports.
The senior called police at 4:45 p.m. on July 16 after she said a man knocked her down and raped her after she left a bus stop near N. Teutonia Ave. and W. Green Tree Road, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Thursday. The stranger then ran away and the woman made her way home.
But a dispatcher with the Milwaukee Police Department downgraded the urgency of her alert to “priority 3” from “priority 1” because she declined medical treatment out of cost concerns, according to records obtained by the Journal Sentinel.
The dispatcher notified a supervisor that no officers had arrived to the woman’s house after 90 minutes, but the sergeant said all squad cars were responding to other calls.
After another 80 minutes, the woman reportedly called back to check when police might be arriving, telling the dispatcher she wanted to take a shower. Officers didn’t arrive at the woman’s house to start the department’s investigation until 7:51 p.m.
Police officials have pledged to review both the senior’s call and the department’s overall policies. But locals have expressed astonishment at the flubbed emergency call, even as police captured a 29-year-old suspect in the alleged rape on Tuesday, according to WITI-TV.
Stephen Ray Robinson faces three felony counts for sexual assault and aggravated battery against the elderly, according to county records. He is incarcerated without bail and will make his first court appearance on Aug. 10