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Calif. Men Say Cops Did Not Respond to 911 Call

SAN DIEGO -- Two men who live in Mira Mesa say they called 911 while their cars and home were being vandalized last Saturday but officers never arrived.

The front two windows of a Mira Mesa home and the windows of two cars were bashed out at about 2 a.m. last Saturday.

John Hoang, who lives at the home, said there was a knock at the door before the vandalism occurred.

"I came to answer the door and as I did so, I heard windows breaking and at that point I did not feel secure to leave the house… didn't feel comfortable investigating any further," said Hoang. "In fact – me and my roommate – we just hit the ground. We covered our heads… glass was flying from our living room window."

Bryan Almaguer, Hoang's roommate, added, "Next thing you know, glass started flying in… hitting me in the face, so I just ducked down and everything."

Fearing for their lives, Hoang said they placed their first 911 call just after 2 a.m.

"Dispatch had said that they would be sending someone over immediately," said Hoang.

Hoang said an hour went by and no units showed up, so he called again just after 3 a.m.

"I thought it was a drive-by shooting," said Hoang. "The second time I called it in, I said, 'I suspect they are armed and dangerous, they may still be on the property [and] they may still be around the neighborhood.' I felt extremely threatened and I needed someone to come immediately."

San Diego police Detective Gary Hassen told 10News it was never relayed to dispatch that Hoang and his roommate's lives were in danger. Hassen said units would have been sent out right away if that was the case.

"I'm just hoping that in the future… that they're more responsive to the community and for emergency calls like this because this was truly an emergency," said Hoang.

Police said a telephone report was filed 13 hours after the initial call to 911 was made.

Hoang and Almaguer said they have no idea who would have wanted to destroy their property. Now, they plan to move because they do not feel safe.

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