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Police: Teen responsible for 'spoof' calls to 911

Post Date:04/12/2017

Keller Police on Wednesday morning identified the 15-year-old boy responsible for placing two “spoof” calls in recent days, sending police to two homes in the 1200 block of Verona Way with reports of a shooting.

The false calls came in to NETCOM 911 dispatch at 11:20 p.m. and 11:09 p.m. on Sunday and Monday nights, respectively. In both cases, officers arrived to discover the homes’ residents — in one case, former Keller Mayor Pat McGrail and his wife Pauline — unharmed and unaware of any 911 calls being made.

The suspect, who will not be named given his status as a juvenile, told police he watched from his home’s rooftop as officers rushed to the scene of each false “shooting.” His home selections were made randomly, he said. With cooperation from the teen’s parents, Keller Police were able to retrieve the cell phone used to make the calls.

The juvenile will be referred to the Tarrant County Juvenile Detention Center. False reports to 911 are a “Class A” misdemeanor falling under Section 42.06 of the Texas Penal Code.