9-1-1 Call: Raising Sextuplets Star Used Kids and Guns as "Leverage" Against Wife
Bryan Masche is best known for his starring role in the family reality TV show Raising Sextuplets. Now he's also known for his starring role in a 9-1-1 call made to Camp Verde police released to the public today.
Masche was arrested earlier this month after his father-in-law called the cops to report that the reality TV star was going berserk and screaming at his wife, Jenne Masche.
As the 9-1-1 tapes show, a little screaming and yelling among family members was only the tip of the iceberg -- Masche apparently tried to load three of his six kids into a van, as well as "some guns," to use as leverage against his wife.
For the record, the primary sponsor of Raising Sextuplets is SC Johnson, "a family company."
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Masche's father-in-law told dispatchers that Masche hadn't become violent but said "she [Jenne Masche] doesn't want him to leave because if he takes three and then he files [for separation or divorce] or whatever happens, then she's got three kids here and three kids there and then all of a sudden it becomes a bargaining tool. And they should be with their mother.
"He's in one of those frames of mind. I'm a little apprehensive," the father-in-law added.
At that point, the argument between Masche and his wife hadn't reached the point where the father-in-law requested police to come to the house. Then, shit got real.
In a second call to police, the father-in-law asked for police to come intervene in the escalating argument.
He said Masche stole Jenne's cell phone and told the dispatcher "he's started to load one of [the children]. He took her out of bed. He's got her in the back of the van."
Then the audio gets muffled, and you can hear children crying. After some more screaming and yelling, the father-in-law yells at Masche, "This is the attitude, this is the reason I do not want you in the car with the kids."
When police got to the scene, Masche told officers he "didn't do anything," according to the police report. Then, when police tried to take him into custody, he "locked and held his arms in front of his body in a manner to prevent them from behind secured."
Cops threatened Masche with a Taser. He calmed down and allowed officers to take him into custody.
Masche was taken to jail, where cops snapped the above photo of him grinning. He's been charged with resisting arrest. disorderly conduct, and threatening domestic violence. He was released from the Yavapai County Detention Center on $3,500 bond.
Lesson of the day: if your family is as screwed up as Masche's seems to be, don't put them on national television.
Check out the audio of the 9-1-1 calls here.
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