‘Butt-dialed’ phone leads police to over-exposed couple

YOUNGSTOWN — A “butt dialed” cellphone was at least partly responsible for a couple being charged with public indecency Sunday afternoon along Interstate 680, near Pepsi Place and downtown Youngstown.

Two residents, ages 39 and 37, of Bouquet Avenue on the city’s West Side now face first-degree misdemeanors and will be arraigned today in Youngstown Municipal Court.

According to a Youngstown police report, two officers were dispatched to Pike Street near downtown at 2:55 p.m. for a 911 call referred to as an “open line” because the person making the call apparently did not realize the phone had dialed 911, and a dispatcher at the 911 center was not able to communicate with anyone.

When officers got close to where the phone was located, an officer could hear a woman “moaning up the hill.” The officer walked up the hill and observed a man and woman undressed near a tree.

“I announced ourselves, and the two stopped and started to get dressed,” the report states.

“The area where the two chose to (be intimate) was completely visible to all of the vehicles passing on I-680 northbound,” the report added.

The man “was advised of the open line and advised his phone must have dialed 911 when he was (with the woman) because it was still in emergency mode,” the report states.

The two were escorted to two police cruisers. The two were issued citations for public indecency and released with a summons to appear in court.

Pike Street is off Oak Hill Avenue that runs parallel to I-680 and the Mahoning River on its way north toward Marshall Street from the area of Wean Park and the Youngstown Foundation Amphitheatre.


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