INDIANAPOLIS – Police arrested a man who’s accused of making about 70 bogus 911 calls since February 2013.
On Wednesday, officers from the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department arrested 20-year-old Andre Richardson, who’s charged with 16 counts of false reporting.
Starting February 2013, investigators said Richardson was responsible for making dozens of fake emergency calls ranging from reporting a stolen vehicle to telling police an armed suspect had barricaded himself inside a home with a hostage. In each case, the reports were unfounded, police said.
Richardson’s mother told police her son has an undiagnosed mental health issue.
“Any time you put emergency vehicles on the street with red lights and sirens, it can be a danger to them and everybody in the community; just by virtually the fact that they’re trying to get there as quick as they can,” said Lt. Col. Louis Dezelan of the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.
The approximately 70 calls wasted 23 hours of public service time for police, fire and EMS runs. Police said the calls placed the people of Indianapolis and emergency personnel in danger by wasting time and resources and tying up emergency phone lines.
Neighbors said it’s gotten out of hand.
“We’re talking about murders in our area right here,” said Ricky Jones, who lives nearby. “It’s a lot of crime going on. So we need police to come respond to crime instead of this false reporting.”
Richardson is currently being held at the Marion County Jail on a $100,000 bond. If charged, he could be facing up to a year in prison and a $5,000 fine.
The Marion County Non-emergency telephone number is 317-327-3811