Fake 911 report leads to ‘ex-friend’ charged
Bethlehem police said a woman faces charges after she called 911 and fraudulently reported that someone was threatening to kill their family and choke a child.
Police say around 7:20 a.m. Aug. 28, 911 dispatchers received a call from a cellphone by a woman who said, “I am about to kill my whole family because I haven’t taken my medication. I am currently choking my 5-year-old nephew.”
The woman identified herself in the 911 and said she lived in the 400 block of East Goepp Street. But police say she gave a fake name and when they went to the home, they found only a man inside the home sleeping.
Police say officers had to breach the door to get inside the home. After investigating, they determined the 911 call was placed by Joselyn Rodriguez, 22, who lives in New York.
Police say Rodriguez is an “ex-friend” of residents at the Goepp Street home. She is charged with criminal mischief and misuse of communication of the 911 system.
“The 911 system is not a playground for people to play games on,” said Bethlehem police Chief Mark DiLuzio in a news release announcing the charges. “Fake calls to 911 endanger not only the first responders who respond to them, but also the general public.”