Thursday, July 31, 2008

Boy arrested for hundreds of false 911 calls

A 12 year-old boy from West Memphis, Arkansas was arrested for making obscene and threatening 911 calls.

According to Thomas Martin with the Crittenden County Sheriff’s Department, the child started making the calls in May. Martin say he made about 350 911 calls in just one month. The calls started as hang-ups, but then the kid started making threats and saying very obscene things to the 911 operators. Some of the calls were so bad, the kid made some of the operators cry.

Investigators discovered that the first set of calls were made from a pre-paid cellphone and blocked calls made from that number.

Martin says when the calls started again, investigators tracked them to a cellphone that had been deactivated. Sheriff’s officials worked with the phone company to track down the child using the phone’s GPS device.

Martin says the boy was arrested at his home and has been charged as a juvenile with making Terroristic, Threatening and Harassing Communications. (info from ABC TV, Memphis)

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