On Saturday, August 23rd, 2020 at approximately 2013 hours Mountain Standard Time, I, Benjamin from Brother’s Campfire dialed an emergency number.
Without further ado…..
So, I was driving home from work last night when I saw a red Mazda 6 on the side of the road with the hood open.
Hard experience has taught me to let the Colorado State Patrol do its job in assisting stranded motorists, but this was different in that I saw blue pants and a black T-Shirt, a tell tale sign that this was a fellow staff member.
When I pulled over, I noticed the car had California tags and it was not.
The man immediately informed me that someone had taken over all his technology devices and the last phone call he received was a death threat.
I asked the man if he had enemies and he told me no. He then asked to use my phone and utilize WhatsApp to get in contact with his wife. She apparently did not have a phone number but could receive calls with the app.
After downloading the app and setting up an account I witnessed the man talking rapidly in Spanish to his wife. He made a great show of introducing me as a police officer, which I am not. He kept me in view on the video call while he spoke.
He also spoke about the tire of his car and his car being remotely disabled in an accusatory tone. He probably believed I could not comprehend Spanish, but I know enough to get by.
It was quite apparent as an onlooker that she was as cold as ice. She said little and her eyes flashed angrily at me as he spoke.
After they ended the video call, he asked me for a jump and I agreed to drive to Penrose, Colorado to find some jumper cables.
I tried the gas station I go to and absolutely no one would lend cables or assist the man. I then went to a local Dollar General and they were sold out. I asked several customers with no luck.
Now you might be asking why I left the man after he told me there were death threats. I have not heard it all, but I will tell you, I have heard too much to believe everything I hear. I don’t always make choices from just the words but also how they are being spoken.
Working corrections, I hear stories all the time.
When I returned empty handed, I offered to call the police to inform them of a disabled vehicle. I did not think to call his insurance for a tow to a service station.
At this time, he told me more. He informed me that the woman he called was his ex wife and that a male she knew probably made the threat. I was frustrated because he used my phone to make the contact but ignored it.
He went on to say that the caller on his phone told him that not only would he get a flat tire (he had a donut tire), but his car would be disabled remotely.
Still in a cynical mood from work, I informed him I was calling the non emergency number to get in contact with the police so they could assist him.
The man became animated in his actions and words and said I should call 911, the emergency number.
I hung up and looked directly at the man. I said, “Sir, calling 911 is very serious and you said you need a jump. We can get you a jump and I am willing to wait for help. Are you in fear for your life from the threats?
The man informed me that he wanted the police there immediately and became frantic. I called 911.
I recounted the information to the operator and identified myself upon request.
When the operator asked for the identity of the man who claimed he was being threatened, he gave his full name and birthday.
Then everything changed. The man was upset that I had called 911 and said he did not want the police involved. The operator told me to disengage from the conversation so I did.
The man I was attempting to assist told me he was leaving his car and his cell phone.
Initially, he sat in front of my car and appeared to be crying. I stayed in my car and he began walking down the highway.
After giving additional information to the police such as licence plate number, I left the area. Here are my call records.
As I drove, I followed the same path the Mazda driver did to offer assistance despite the operator’s direction to disengage.
The man was gone.