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911 call released in officer arrest

Posted February 26, 2009
Updated March 9, 2009

— A woman saying she was the ex-wife of Raleigh Police Senior Officer Andrew “A.R.” Caruana told a 911 dispatcher that her bedroom was destroyed during a fight that led to Caruana's being charged with assault, according to a recording of the the call released Thursday.

At about 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, officers answered a call about a domestic-related disturbance in the 10800 block of Heather Meadow Lane at the Columns at Wakefield, an upscale apartment complex, police said.

During the 911 call, the woman told authorities her ex-husband – a Raleigh police officer – was assaulting a man at her apartment.

Raleigh police arrest fellow officer at apartment complex 911 call sheds light in officer arrest

The woman said part of the fight occurred in the bedroom, where she said the window was broken and her bed was destroyed.

“Somebody went through the window … or fell into the window. The drywall’s broken,” she said during the call.

A young child can be heard in the background throughout the call. A man can also be heard in the background screaming expletives.

The woman told a 911 dispatcher that she and her son were hiding in the bathroom while the fight was taking place. At one point, she told the dispatcher that her ex-husband had kicked down the bathroom door. He later went outside, she said.

As a result of the investigation stemming from the 911 call, Caruana, 32, was taken into custody Tuesday evening at police headquarters, authorities said in a statement issued Wednesday.

Caruana was charged with assault, assault by pointing a gun and communicating threats and was transported to the Wake County jail.

Caruana was off duty at the time of the incident, and his department-issued weapon was not involved in the matter, Police Chief Harry Dolan said.


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  • bretth Feb 27, 2009

    braddyg.... I can see how you might see it that way... it doesn't change plain fact... but I can see how someone that has nothing better to do but comment on something he/she knows absolutely nothing about, could come to that conclusion.

  • Army Brat I Am Feb 27, 2009

    Being that someone has posted that they know the woman personally, is the little boy okay? I've lived that life as a child and know, things like that stay in your head more then any of the fun things that might have happened. I pray that he will be okay and gets lots of hugs and any help that he might need in the future. As for his parents and other gentleman, I'll let ya'll fuss that over. If you don't know the whole, please try not to make stupid comments.

  • oldcorp Feb 27, 2009

    This thread may set the record for ignorant posts. The only thing that hasn't been brought up is possible anti-Italian sentiment!
    Some of you out-of-work techies need to design a robot that will perform LEO duties. That way no one can complain that human traits get in the way of the perfection you demand. And a robot would not be bothered as much by the ignorant idiocy I've seen displayed here.

  • braddyg Feb 27, 2009

    "Having seen the other guy face to face within hours of the incident I can tell you the ONLY scratches on him are the ones on his knuckles. How did they get there? I guess you are smart enough to figure that out. He's not one to pick a fight, but plenty capable of handling his own if necessary."

    Sounds like somebody's sticking up for his buddy...

  • bretth Feb 27, 2009

    unc04royw... what's the old line about making assumptions?? Yeah, that sounds about right.

    Having seen the other guy face to face within hours of the incident I can tell you the ONLY scratches on him are the ones on his knuckles. How did they get there? I guess you are smart enough to figure that out. He's not one to pick a fight, but plenty capable of handling his own if necessary.

  • unc04royw Feb 27, 2009

    Well I guess the cop won the fight, his face doesn't look to bruised up in the mug shot. Suck they did this in front of the child, he/she must have been terrified

  • girlwonders Feb 27, 2009

    No clue, That is the typical profile of an abuser. I don't know these people, but I do know that emotions that control people can become tragic with just a moment's notice. I think the fella should get some counseling, and probably she and the children as well. It does harm the whole family, and it is a cycle that must be broken. The fact that he is a police officer, in my mind, makes me hold him to a higher standard. Yes, he is human, but he is also sworn to uphold the law and to serve and protect. Can't have it both ways, and if someone doesn't love you, you can't make them love you. The fact that he went to her home without being invited and acted the way he did will not help him professionally or personnally. I have sympathy for the both of them, but you can't force someone to be with you, and you can't scare them into loving you.

  • noclue Feb 27, 2009

    Here's the bottom line, don't judge her, and don't judge him. We should all hope & pray that they find hapiness in their lives, and find a way to peacefully co-exist for the sake of their children. After all, the children come first!!

  • noclue Feb 27, 2009

    Most of you have no clue what you are talking about! I know both the ex-husband & the ex-wife very well, and for you people to sit and pass judgement is terrible! She did not cheat, they did not break up because of someone else on either of their parts, or did she purposely have him come over that morning, to make herself look good in front of the divorce attorneys, there are no divorce attorneys! They have been separated for almost a 1 1/2 years, he has his own place, and she has hers. He started dating months after she left, so he has no ground to be angry that she had someone at her home. He is not all bad...he is a good cop and can be a good guy to be around. I thought he was a great dad, until he acted out infront of his son. He does have a bad temper with a horrible rage of jealousy. I've known them since high school when they started dating, he was always jealous of male/female friends, even her family, anybody that took any of her attention made him furious.

  • Crayzee1 Feb 27, 2009

    REALLY CSM? So waht about my comment about if cops did it for love of law and order, why are there weekly stories about corruption? Why dont the good cops turn in the evil seeds?