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Department honors Beall for meritorious service in saving kidnap victim
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Manteca Police Chief Dave Bricker congratulates Officer Greg Beall with an enthusiastic handshake after presenting him with the department’s Meritorious Service Award in his breaking into a Pestana Avenue home in November where a suspect was reportedly raping a woman being held prisoner. - photo by GLENN KAHL
Answering the screams of a woman crying out for help, Manteca Police Officer Greg Beall heroically kicked in the door of a Manteca home in late September to put a stop to what was described as the repeated raping of a woman who had been kidnapped.  

Beall was awarded his department’s Meritorious Service Award at the opening of Tuesday night’s city council meeting for his courageous act.    The presentation was made by Police Chief Dave Bricker in front of applauding city council members and fellow officers, friends, family, and others in the audience.

The 30-year-old kidnap victim had somehow activated a 911 call on her cell phone as she was being sexually victimized, police said, with her call going to sheriff’s dispatchers who at first heard only an open line.  Attempts were made by dispatchers to triangulate the cell signal and locate the source of the call - a phone line that sounded dead.  

The source of the signal was finally determined to be on Pestana Avenue after more than an hour of searching the airways with Beall leading officers through the east Manteca neighborhood until they were able to hear screaming from inside one residence in the 1100 block.

Beall was said to be the first officer at the front door of the Pestana Avenue home at about 4 a.m. that Sept. 25 morning as officers Ian Osborn and Bob Anderson attempted to breach a side gate to the back yard – hoping to prevent any suspect from running out a rear door.  Sheriff’s deputies also had rushed to the home to add assistance.

Officer Beall said he heard the woman’s screams and cries for mercy from outside the house when he kicked the front door open and found suspect Jermaine Lenorse Williams, 30, allegedly continuing to attack his victim in the living room of the residence.  He said the suspect appeared unusually calm and quiet as he was taken into custody at gunpoint.

Williams continues to be held in San Joaquin County Jail on five felony counts including terrorist threats, kidnapping, false imprisonment by violence, rape with force and fear, oral copulation and rape with a foreign object.   He is being held in lieu of $475,000 bail and is scheduled to go before a judge February 23 in the Manteca Branch of the San Joaquin County Superior Court.

Chief Bricker lauded Beall for coordinating the efforts of the other officers in establishing a perimeter around the location before he took action forcing entry into the residence.  Bricker said Beall rescued the victim who had been repeatedly sexually assaulted and beaten by the suspect.  

“This incident occurred in the suspect’s own residence and the suspect was known to the victim making it highly likely that the suspect would have eventually killed the victim.  Officer Beall’s actions and those of the other officers in this incident undoubtedly saved this young woman’s life,” Bricker said.

The chief said that Beall’s actions distinguished himself in going beyond the call of duty bringing honor to the department and to the law enforcement profession.

Other officers receiving the award in past years included Zeb Hammonds, Dave Thompson and Mike Kelly. Lt. Nick Obligacion had also received the department’s Medal of Honor along with Officer Joe DeAngelis – all awards given in the last 20 years. Bricker said his department is currently in the process of creating a Life Saving award to be available to officers in the future.

Manteca Police spokesman Rex Osborn had lauded the sheriff’s dispatchers for an “awesome job” in triangulating the cell phone signal and not ignoring what they first found to be an open line with no audible transmission.  The woman had reportedly been locked in a closet in the home during her captivity after she had attempted to escape several times.

In addition to a golden medallion, Beall also received a small bar that signifies his award that will be worn on his uniform. Beall’s dad, Danny Beall who is a former Manteca police officer, was in attendance to congratulate his son along with other family members.