Cries for Help on Police Scanner Alert Officers

Officers took the screams seriously, as if it were a member of the force in trouble

By R. Stickney
|  Tuesday, Apr 24, 2012  |  Updated 11:34 AM PDT
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Cries for Help on Police Scanner Alert Officers

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Officers lifted the woman onto a gurney

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San Diego police officers rushed to an area of North Park early Tuesday after hearing what sounded like one of their own scream for help over the police radio.

An officer driving along Georgia Street reported seeing a woman squatting down to urinate in a church parking lot around 2 a.m. Tuesday.

When the officer got out of his patrol car, he said a struggle began.

During the fight, the woman somehow had her hand on the officer's microphone, allowing for screams of "please help me" to be heard by other officers on duty.

Lt. David Rohowits with San Diego police said all the officers took that very seriously.

“I wasn't sure myself when I heard it whether it was a female officer who was crying for help because it sounded like whoever was talking was actually talking into the microphone,” Rohowits said. “So it created a very scary moment for us.”

A number of officers arrived and helped take the unidentified woman into custody.

No officers were injured.

The woman was taken to the hospital with injuries to her face. She faces charges of resisting arrest.

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