Teen Faces Charges for Dangerous and Fake 911 Calls in Port St. Lucie
In Port St. Lucie, Florida, a 17-year-old from Maryland was arrested for making fake 911 calls as part of an online dispute with a teenage girl in Florida.
Assistant police chief Richard Del Toro said that during November, officers responded to a residence on three different occasions for 911 calls reporting violent crimes, A person getting shot and someone threatening suicide by cop. However, each call was deemed false and made just to harass the girl the caller was fighting with.
The first call came in on November 17th, with the caller claiming to have shot his wife during an argument about divorce. The second call, on November 21st, involved the caller claiming to have shot his mother after she tried to take away his electronics. The third call, on November 26th, involved the caller claiming that his son was suicidal and had access to guns. In each case, the caller sent police to an address in the Newport Isles community in Port St. Lucie. However, it was later determined that the suspect had the wrong address, and the people at the targeted house were not even involved in the dispute.
Port St. Lucie assistant police chief talks to reporters about the arrest of a 17-year-old in Maryland accused of 3 swatting calls in November. #Florida #swatting #lawenforcement pic.twitter.com/Prs5LxzEsF
— angelarozier (@wpbf_angela) December 28, 2022
Del Toro stated that the fake 911 calls wasted a lot of police resources and unnecessarily put many people on edge. He also noted a mental impact on the people at the targeted house, who were innocent victims in this case. Because of the suspect’s age, his name has not been released, but Del Toro expects him to be charged with filing a false report in Maryland.
17 y/o from Maryland is facing charges for 3 Hoax Swatting Calls in PSL that occurred in November after the suspect was ID’d by Detectives in a joint investigation with @BayCountySO. These calls are very serious and are not considered a prank. More details on our FB. pic.twitter.com/dDe9lfy4Lu
— Port St. Lucie PD (@PSLPolice) December 27, 2022
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