Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Three boys may go to jail for fake 911 calls

Three East Naples, Florida boys aged 13 to 16 were arrested over the weekend for allegedly calling 911 and reporting two fake robberies. Steven Charleston, James Prudhomme, and Roger Roodjery, are each charged with misusing the 911 system, which is a third degree felony.

Deputies say it started when they pulled over a 17-year-old on Saturday night. Charleston, Prudhomme and Roodjery were passengers in the car. The driver was arrested on misdemeanor charges and deputies told the three passengers to walk home.

Minutes later dispatchers received two 911 calls. One reported that someone had been robbed; the other claimed that a Chinese restaurant was robbed by men wearing masks.
Because of the nature of the calls, several patrol cars and a helicopter were diverted from another unrelated investigation.

After searching both areas, deputies determined that the calls were false. They were able to trace the telephone numbers back to Charleston, Prudhomme and Roodjery; and the three were arrested. Prudhomme faces additional charges of obstruction and providing false information to a law enforcement officer because he initially gave deputies a fake name and date of birth. If convicted, each one faces up to a year in jail. (info from NBC2 News)

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