In a special called Metro Council meeting tonight about emergency response times in Nashville, the Department of Emergency Communications announced that the text to 911 service is now live in the city of Nashville. Noting that they currently only receive approximately 100 texts per month. If you can’t call, text your emergency to 911. Please remember that prank texting is a crime and is easily traced. In the first message, send the location and type of emergency, and please don’t text and drive. This is a great advancement for those in situations where speaking out loud could place you in danger and for those that are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired.
31-year-old Anthony Stahulak called police to report he was angry and upset about not being allowed entry into a bar on Broadway in downtown Nashville. Officers working the area quickly located Stahulak, who was swaying and unable to keep his balance on the sidewalk. Officers advised him to get an Uber and go home, and he began to walk away as if to comply with the request. A few moments later, he ran into another man near 4th and Broadway and attempted to start a physical fight. Due to his behavior and level of intoxication, he was transported to booking and charged with public intoxication and disorderly conduct.
Metro Police eventually arrested 27-year-old Sami Awash Albalawi after he called 911 twelve times, demanding to be put in touch with his embassy. Officers responded to the first of the calls, which came from a motel near the airport, and explained that police were unable to assist him with contacting his embassy, and that he would need to contact them on his own. Police believed they had an understanding, and left Mr. Albalawai. Several more calls then accumulated at the Emergency Communications Center, who traced the first few to the same motel, and the later ones at the Nashville International Airport.
Police were eventually able to locate the man after the 12th call to 911. After it was apparent there was no clear understanding that 911 would be unable to assist him, he was transported to booking and charged with aggravated non-emergency calls. He is jailed in lieu of a $1,000 bond.
Tourist Christopher Michael Smith called Metro Nashville Police early Monday morning to report his 55-year-old wife, Tina Michelle Smith, was slapping him. When police arrived, the couple, who were in town from Castle Pines, Colorado, had already got an additional room at the JW Marriott in downtown Nashville where they were staying and separated themselves. Court records show that when Christopher was talking to their son on the phone he revealed the couple had been out drinking earlier in the evening, which upset Tina, causing her to wrestle the phone away from her husband while he attempted to record her.
She eventually got on top of him on the hotel bed and began slapping him in the face, prompting the 911 call. A hotel air vent was also broken during the assault. Police documented nail marks on the victim’s face, and blood on his pillow. Tina Smith was transported to the Metro Nashville Jail and charged with domestic assault with bodily injury. After the state-mandated 12-hour hold for domestic violence cases, she was released on a $5,000 cash bond.
39-year-old Anthony Hodge called 911 fourteen times in two hours from Five Points in East Nashville Sunday night. He told dispatchers that a Koala bear was sending electric shocks to knock the phone out of his hand. He is charged with making non-emergency calls to 911.
48-year-old Mojica Socorro Ortiz called Metro Nashville’s emergency dispatch center Sunday afternoon to report he caught his wife cheating with another man, slapped her, and wanted to go to jail. He waited for police at the end of his driveway, where he was taken into custody and charged with domestic assault.
39-year-old Adam Trubee was charged with a felony drug offense, felony reckless endangerment, drug paraphernalia, felon in possession of a weapon after firing a handgun in the street with 8.8 grams of meth and a syringe in his pocket.
55-year-old Denyce Jones was charged with resisting arrest and a violation of her conditional release after a domestic disturbance in an apartment. Jones’ violation stems from reportedly attempting to stab her husband when coming home from church back in December.
Metro Police say 41-year-old Chrissy Simpson called 911 to report she had been raped. At the same time, a man called 911 from the Motel 6 on Brick Church Pike to say Chrissy Simpson jumped into his vehicle, demanded money, refused to get out, and then called 911 to report he raped her when he wouldn’t comply.
In yet another extreme case of domestic violence this week, Maria Flor Salvador, 41, was stabbed this morning at her Wildgrove Drive residence. She is in critical condition at VUMC. Detectives have been unable to interview her due to the severity of her injuries. Her husband, Eric Lopez, 53, is believed to be responsible and is also hospitalized as a result of self-inflicted stab wounds to his abdomen.