Man calls 911 from trunk during kidnappingUPDATED 2:47 AM HST Apr 14, 2014Video Transcript
Good evening, Eric in for Kevin tonight. A cell phone might have saved a Des Moines man's life! Early this morning 60 year old Ronald Carris was kidnapped, stuffed in a car trunk, and taken to Prospect Park. He called 9-1-1 for help. Ben Jordan joins us live with how that call helped Des Moines Police find him. We're live at Prospect Park where Ronald Carris was found in the woods just right over here. Police found him in critical condition, severely bleeding from the head, but that 9-1-1 call he made allowed police to GPS track him to the exact area. "WE HAVE AN ACTIVE ASSAULT ON THE PHONE, PINGING TO THE AREA OF PROSPECT PARK." That was Des Moines dispatch after they briefly spoke with Ronald Harris while he was being kidnapped in the trunk of this black impala around 6 Friday morning. "ACTUALLY OUR DISPATCHERS INDICATED THEY COULD HEAR A BEATING TAKING PLACE WHILE THEY WERE ON THE PHONE WITH HIM. Carris had no idea where he was being taken. So dispatch quickly called his cell phone carrier to track him down to Prospect Park. Former Des Moines Police Captain Kelly Willis explains the process for dispatch. "WE GO THROUGH THE CARRIER OF THAT CELL PHONE AND WE CAN PING A TOWER AND GET A GENERAL LOCATION WITHIN 300 METERS WHERE THAT PHONE IS. AND THAT'S IMPROVING DAY TO DAY." Carris was found nearby in a wooded area bleeding severely from his head. Des Moines Police say tracking Carris's location by GPS might have saved his life. "WE WOULD HAVE KNOWN, POSSIBLY IT WOULD HAVE HAPPENED, BUT WITHOUT KNOWING THE LOCATION IT PROBABLY COULD HAVE BEEN DAYS BEFORE WE WOULD HAVE FOUND HIM." Des Moines Police use GPS phone tracking multiple times a week. It's a tool that has helped save the lives of several Iowans. "WE'VE HAD SIMILAR CASES WITH PEOPLE BEING SWEPT IN FLOODS, WE'VE HAD SIMILAR CASES WITH PEOPLE BEING TRAPPED IN, LOST CHILDREN..." Plenty of people think Public Safety's ability to track phones is too intrusive, but Willis says this kidnapping is a perfect example of its benefits. "I THINK MOST PEOPLE WOULD AGREE THAT THE GOOD OUTWAYS THE BAD AND IN THIS PARTICULAR CASE THAT'S PROOF." Carris has taken to Mercy Hospital and is still in critical condition. A woman was placed in custody for questioning. Des Moines Police say they don't know if she's a witness or suspect. Ben Jordan thank you.