Fake 911 re­port leads to ‘ex-friend’ charged

The Morning Call - - LOCAL NEWS - — Pamela Lehman

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.”

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