Indianapolis man arrested for making fake 911 calls
A 20-year-old Indianapolis man faces charges for false reporting after the Marion County prosecutor's office says he was responsible for 70 unfounded emergency runs.
Andre Richardson was arrested Wednesday. He faces 16 counts of false reporting.
According to the prosecutor's office, the calls started in February 2013. Since that time, Richardson allegedly prompted 70 police, fire and EMS runs requiring almost 23 hours of public service time.
The runs ranged from a stolen vehicle report to an armed, barricaded person with a possible hostage. Each of these reports was unfounded.
The prosecutor's office says the emergency response to each of these false calls for help placed citizens, police, fire, and EMS personnel in danger, and adds that the 911 system should be used only for true emergency situations.
IMPD also says that placing bogus calls to the 911 center unnecessarily ties up telephone lines, preventing citizens from reporting true emergencies which can have deadly consequences. The Marion County Non-emergency telephone number is 317-327-3811.