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Prank calling 911 more than 18,000 times

Posted by on Mar. 2, 2011 at 11:12 AM
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Man Accused of Prank Calling 911 More Than 18,000 Times

Feb 27, 2011 - 8:35 AM
Lauren Frayer

Lauren Frayer Contributor

A Los Angeles man has been arrested after allegedly making more than 18,000 prank calls to the 911 emergency hotline.

Maurice Cruz, 43, was arrested Friday on suspicion of misusing 911 emergency lines to annoy or harass, the Los Angeles Times reported. That charge is a misdemeanor punishable by a $1,000 fine and up to six months in prison. He was released later the same day on bail.

The California Highway Patrol says it believes Cruz used a deactivated cell phone -- which has no service plan but still works for emergency numbers -- to make the prank calls over the past six months. There's no word on a motive or details of what he said in the calls.

Because he used a deactivated phone, the calls were difficult to trace. But the California Highway Patrol, with help from the Secret Service, eventually tracked the phone calls to Cruz's home in East Los Angeles, where he was arrested. They also seized several cell phones and chargers from his home, local KABC TV reported.

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In a separate case, another California man was also arrested Friday for allegedly making more than 2,000 obscene phone calls to female dispatchers on several emergency hotlines.

Investigators say Israel Vasquez, 34, would frequently call his local sheriff's department, police and highway patrol in the town of Stanton. If a male dispatcher answered the call, he would remain quiet, but if a female answered, he would allegedly unleash a mouthful of obscenities.

"It's so obscenity-laden that I can't repeat it," Sheriff's Department spokesman Jim Amormino told the Orange County Register.

Vasquez has twice been deported to Mexico and is under an immigration hold, the paper reported. He's expected to be charged in the coming days.
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alliesmom112
by on Mar. 2, 2011 at 11:14 AM
Wow.
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SherriPie
by on Mar. 2, 2011 at 11:15 AM

Wow, that's crazy!  And what a waste of resources.

momkaribg
by on Mar. 2, 2011 at 11:26 AM
That's crazy
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dodie_s
by on Mar. 2, 2011 at 11:36 AM
Crazy!
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AllThatBabyJazz
by on Mar. 2, 2011 at 11:40 AM

Wow

mommyof3-2008
by on Mar. 2, 2011 at 11:40 AM

what a waste

styler7
by on Mar. 2, 2011 at 12:03 PM

Definitely too much time on their hands. How immature...

RACINGMANIA
by on Mar. 2, 2011 at 12:25 PM

wow that is crazy

brownhoney21
by Ruby Member on Mar. 2, 2011 at 12:55 PM

Wow. He has a lot of time on his hands.

heathermichelle
by on Mar. 2, 2011 at 1:00 PM

That's crazy.

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