Police: East Texas firefighter keeps girlfriend from calling 911 after assault
William Todd Orendorff (Source: Facebook)
GLADEWATER, TX (KLTV) -
An East Texas firefighter faces multiple charges after he allegedly prevented his girlfriend from calling 911 after assaulting her.
According to Gladewater Chief of Police Farrell Alexander, 42-year-old William Todd Orendorff, a lieutenant with the Gladewater Fire Department, was arrested around 9:30 p.m. Sunday. He was booked into the Gladewater Jail on one charge of assault (family violence) and one charge of interference with an emergency phone call.
Police say Orendorff's girlfriend allegedly tried to call 911 on her cell phone after they got into an altercation at their home. However, he took the phone away from her. She then tried to call 911 on her house phone, but Orendorff prevented her from doing so.
"The phone was taken away from her and damaged to where she could not call," said Farrell Alexander, Chief of Gladewater Police. "She did finally leave the residence and went down the street where officers located her and talked to her."
The woman fled to a neighbor's house where she managed to call her mother, who then called 911. Around 9 p.m., police arrived at Orendorff's home where they say it was apparent physical trauma had taken place.
"There was damage to the cell phones, there was a door that was damaged where he had kicked in to go after her and there was some minor injury to her," said Chief Alexander. "All that evidence was gathered together in statements and obtained from her. Then the arrest was made."
Although close to home for the police department, they say this behavior will not be tolerated.
"As a public servant we're held to a higher standard and should be," said Chief Alexander. "We're like a family because we are all in the same building, we share the work space and the same break room. But at the same time, as long as I'm chief, we're going to handle everyone fairly and as it should be under the law. It doesn't matter who they are. We are going to take action and do what we need to do."
A 31-day emergency protection order prevents the lieutenant from returning to the home shared by the couple. As of Monday afternoon, he remains in the Gladewater Jail. His bond has been set at $2,000.
Gladewater Fire Department officials say they will have their own investigation and determine Lieutenant Orendorff's employment status from there.
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