McManus: Police dispatched to wrong address

Dead body found hours later

SAN ANTONIO - San Antonio Police Chief William McManus made a rare admission on Tuesday, admitting that dispatchers dropped the ball last week.

"I want to make it clear that we erred," McManus said. "We misunderstood the address or mistyped the address, and dispatched to that wrong address."

Just after midnight on Friday, a call came in reporting a sexual assault in progress on the 800 block of Menchaca.

The dispatcher, however, sent officers to the 1100 block of Menchaca, where officers found nothing.

Both the dispatcher and caller were Spanish speakers, and somehow, McManus said, the address was misunderstood.

"Both were Spanish speakers," McManus said. "The caller was saying 'ocho,' and the dispatcher was saying 'once.' So I mean, it was repeated twice."

It wasn't until 6:30 a.m. that police found the body of Elizabeth Bermea, 45, near Micklejohn and North Navidad, very close to where the initial sexual assault call came in.

McManus said it appears that Bermea had been sexually assaulted, but until the investigation is complete, police won't know for sure.

"There was a lot of forensic evidence," McManus said. "Hopefully, they'll get some kind of lead from that evidence, plus a description of that individual, and we'll be able to close this one out. "

KSAT 12 spoke to Bermea's family on Monday, and they said they believe Bermea could have been saved, had SAPD gotten the address correct.


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