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JPD to award 11-year-old for courageous 911 call

Posted: May 19, 2014 - 12:05am

An 11-year-old girl will be among those receiving an award at the Juneau Police Department’s quarterly award ceremony next week.

Police say they will be giving Kayley James a Citizen’s Certificate of Merit for helping JPD arrest a man for domestic violence assault.

Kayley witnessed the man punch one of her family members several times in the face during an incident in early March. She called 911 for help, remained calm while speaking with dispatchers and provided them “good information” about the perpetrator, police said.

The man fled on foot and was gone by the time officers responded. Officers searched for him but could not locate him, police said.

About an hour later, as Kayley was being driven to Bartlett Regional Hospital with her family member, she spotted him walking on Hospital Drive. She notified JPD, who then arrested him for domestic violence assault and violating a domestic violence protective order.

Police applauded the young girl for showing “great courage and maturity” by reporting the crime and working with JPD to locate the perpetrator.

“She did a real good job,” Lt. David Campbell, a spokesman for the department, said in an interview Thursday. “It takes a lot of courage to do something like that.”

Kayley’s family members could not be reached for comment on Friday.

Police did not identify the man who was arrested by name to protect the identity of the victim.

The award ceremony is scheduled to take place at the JPD station on Tuesday morning.

• Contact reporter Emily Russo Miller at 523-2263 or at emily.miller@juneauempire.com.

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