Police: Response time in Henderson call was 20 minutes

March 12, 2013 3:54:17 PM PDT
A woman in Henderson told ABC11 that it took 45 minutes to respond to her 911 call for help Monday after she said she was harassed in a parking lot in the 1400 block of Andrews Avenue.

The city's top cop said they were there within 20 minutes, but the woman's brother said enough is enough. They want some real answers.

"Where's the public safety," said woman's brother.

The man said his sister was scared and frantic that the person who tried to approach her was the same person who is linked to several sexual assaults in and around Henderson in the past few weeks.

"These officers are not responding to a very serious and timely manner of a man running around here and sexually assaulting women," said the man. "By the way, they haven't given a description to y'all yet."

ABC11 has learned that police were there within 20 minutes. The first call came in at 11:14 a.m. Monday. Police got to the scene 22 minutes later in response to the suspicious person call.

When police dug a little deeper, they uncovered that the suspicious man who approached the woman was a 69 year old man, who thought she was a prostitute. The police chief said that man approached the wrong woman, and was guilty of making inappropriate flirtatious comments.

That answer was not good enough for the woman, especially she said as she sat scared waiting for help.

"Even if they say it wasn't the same person. It's better safe than sorry," said the woman.

The Henderson city manager said since the outbreak of crimes in their area there's been panic in the community.

"We are concerned about the hysteria, the calls," said Henderson City Manager Ray Griffin. "We think there is a lot of misinformation through various social media that gives people a sense that a lot things that are bad are happening here, when indeed, that is not the case."

If anyone has any question about safety, the city manager and police chief said to contact them.

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