A man from Smyrna, Delaware was arrested by State Police for making several false 911 calls from August 2006 to October 2008.
Police say the case was recently solved after an incident that occurred on Oct. 14 at 1:30 am. In this case, someone called 911 and reported an armed suicidal subject was inside a home. When police arrived to investigate, they learned the home was unoccupied and discovered an empty beer can and backpack on the ground in front of the home next door. This caught the attention of the investigating trooper because police dispatchers informed the trooper the caller sounded intoxicated.
A wallet was found inside the backpack belonging to Damon Bethel. The trooper then saw a suspect through a window, looking at the trooper. The trooper shined his flashlight in that direction and the person ducked away from the window.
The trooper knocked on the door of the home and spoke to Bethel, who appeared intoxicated. Bethel said he was outside around the same time when the 911 call was made. Bethel's parents listened to the 911 call and identified the voice as Damon Bethel.
According to investigators, Bethel was responsible for additional falsely reported incidents:
On Aug. 13, 2006 a 911 call was received with the caller reporting that he had killed his wife and daughter.
On Jan. 22, 2007, a 911 call was received with the caller reporting he was stabbed.
On Jan. 23, 2007, a 911 call was received with the caller reporting a domestic incident occurring at a home.
On Feb. 05, 2007, a 911 call was received with the caller reporting he had ingested pills to commit suicide.
On May 15, 2007, a 911 call was received with the caller reporting shots fired and a burglary in progress at a home.
All of these incidents were investigated and found to have been falsely reported. As a result of these incidents Bethel was arrested and charged with seven misdemeanor counts of falsely reporting an alleged incident. He was released on bond. (info from WBOC-TV)