CLAYTON, N.C. (WNCN) – When the call came into the 911 center early Monday morning, the dispatcher thought he was dealing with a simple power outage in Clayton.
It turned out to be much more than that.
Kenneth Clark called 911 when the power went out at his home.
“I got up out of the bed, I said, ‘Whoa! Hey! Something ain’t right,’ ” Clark said.
On the other end of that call was 911 dispatcher Jonathan Davis.
“It’s not uncommon that we get these calls throughout the night we notify the proper public utilities,” Davis said.
The two ended the call and Clark was the last person Davis expected to hear from again.
But minutes later, Clark’s number appeared on Davis’ screen.
In the recording of Clark’s second call, he can be heard saying “The case is now that someone came… Hey! Hey!”
“He never stated who he was, I just recognized his phone number back on the screen and I heard what seemed to be a disturbance in the background,” Davis said.
Clark said the disturbance was a confrontation with two masked men and one had a gun to his head.
“They come out of nowhere like, ‘OK, give me the money. OK, go in the house go inside now. Where’s the money at?’ ” Clark said.
He said the gunman ordered him to put the phone down and go into his house, but he made sure to make a lot of noise, hoping the dispatcher would get the message
“They were picking up that something wasn’t right because of the hour and the tone of my voice and the background noise from the two suspects that entered my house,” Clark said.
Davis said he immediately sent the police to check on the situation.
Clark said one of the masked men got away before police arrived.
“He took a leap through here and headfirst out of this window,” Clark said.
The other suspect hid in the house but with the help of Officer Jamie Brantley and his K-9 Abel, the suspect was taken into custody.
“I’m thankful I did what I did and I’m thankful I was trained the way I was,” Davis said.
Although the dispatcher said he’d never dealt with a situation exactly like this one before, all his training came into play and everything went exatly how it was supposed to.
Gerald Thomas Holmes III, 22, of 107 Picadilly Ct. Clayton, was taken into custody and is being held at the Johnston County jail under a $200,000 secured bond.
Holmes was charged with kidnapping, armed robbery, conspiracy to commit armed robbery, possession of a firearm with an altered serial number, possession of a firearm by a felon and assault by pointing a gun.
Clayton police are following up on leads in search of the second suspect.