Fugitive arrested after police respond to 911 hang-up call placed by child playing on the phone

Photo provided by the Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office.
Thursday, September 19, 2013 - 10:00pm

An accidental phone call to police from a precocious child resulted in the arrest of a man who was wanted for burglary and DWI charges.

“We received a phone call on Wednesday, Sept. 18 via 911 and we could hear children playing and screaming in the background, and then the phone hung up,” David Melancon, Thibodaux Police Department, explained. “Officers were dispatched to the address where the call was placed to conduct a welfare check.”

When officers arrived at the home located in the 1000 block of Talbot Ave., an adult woman answered the door.

“The woman explained that the children were playing with the phone and were responsible for making the call,” Melancon said. “Police asked if there anyone else was in the home, and she said no. They asked if they could check the home to make sure nothing was wrong, and she agreed.”

When officers got to the bathroom, they heard the sound of a shower running. They knocked on the door and were surprised to hear a male’s voice respond back.

“Officers recognized the man when he opened the door as a suspect who was wanted in connection to a burglary investigation,” Melancon noted. “They called in to verify that he still had active warrants for burglary and learned he had an additional warrant for failure to appear on a DWI charge.”

The suspect, Deonte Truehill, 20, is accused of committing the burglary back in April 2013 with at least two additional individuals. Alvin Carter, Jr. and Anthony Johnson have already been arrested in connection to the case.

The night of the burglary, a witness reported seeing a male walking away from the home with a big television in his hands. Investigators were eventually able to identify Truehill as a suspect and issued a warrant for his arrest.

Truehill was placed under arrest and was booked into the Lafourche Parish Detention Center. His bond has been set at $52,500.

Ironically, the Thibodaux Police Department is currently in the process of launching a campaign to educate school children of the importance of 911 and how the misuse of it ties up vital resources.

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