INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Police arrested a man this week they said called 911 dozens of times for fake emergencies.
Andre Richardson, 20, has been charged with 16 counts of false reporting for phone calls that started in February 2013.
Officials with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department said Richardson’s phone calls wasted nearly 23 hours of time for emergency responders.
According to court documents, Richardson called in fake emergencies 64 times between February 25 and September 8. He would often say he was a woman who lived in his home. One of the calls was about a baby being choked. Others were about a stroke, a family fight, a shooting, a stolen bus and a potential hostage situation.
"It's not a game. It's used as a tool for people that need assistance right now," said IMPD Officer Christopher Wilburn.
Richardson was booked into the Marion County Jail and later released. He is scheduled to face a judge on October 30.
Detectives have not determined what motivated Richardson to make the phone calls.
"I just don't understand how you do it 64 times. Don't you have anything better to do with your time," a resident said.
Each time a prank call comes in, officers are dispatched to the scene. Those officers are taken away from investigating other crimes, to determine if the fake call is legitimate or not.
"We can say that we take these calls serious," said Wilburn.
IMPD reminded people to only use 911 for emergencies. Anyone with a non-emergency police matter can call 317-327-3811.
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