LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Authorities say they’ve arrested a man on suspicion of making more than 18,000 prank 911 calls over six months.
Maurice Cruz, 43, of East Los Angeles, was taken into custody at 2:35 a.m., CHP’s Sgt. Denise Joslin said.READ MORE: Jo Lasorda, Wife Of Dodgers Great Tommy Lasodra, Passes Away At 91
“(Cruz) started harassing the Los Angeles Communications Center 911 emergency lines via cellular phone,” Joslin said. “Mr. Cruz made the calls utilizing a number of non-initialized cell phone handsets, which made tracing his calls difficult.”
Authorities did not give any details on the calls or a motive. Joslin said that Cruz harassed and annoyed emergency dispatchers by calling more than 18,000 times between Aug. 27 and Friday.READ MORE: George Holliday, Man Who Videotaped Rodney King Beating, Dies Of COVID
Investigators with the CHP and the U.S. Secret Service tracked Cruz to a home in East Los Angeles and took him into custody.
Cruz was booked on suspicion of misusing 911 emergency lines to annoy or harass. He was released after posting $5,000 bail Friday.MORE NEWS: WATCH: A Sneak Peek Of The Highly-Anticipated Academy Museum
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