A six-month series of suspicious 911 calls to the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office 911 Center led to the arrest of a Campti man according to the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office.
Starting in September 2016, and ending in March 2017, NPSO 911 Communications dispatchers received approximately five 911 calls for emergency response to an undisclosed address in north Natchitoches Parish according NPSO Computer Aided Dispatch records.
The calls were made from different numbers in the early morning hours and focused on an alleged suicidal juvenile female. Deputies assigned to the NPSO Patrol Division responded to the residence with urgency due to the nature of the each call.
In each case, deputies arrived at the residence and while speaking with a parent, determined the juvenile was asleep. Deputies were also allowed to confirm that the juvenile posed no potential risk to harm herself. 911 dispatchers began to notice a pattern in the calls involving the same address .
In each response, deputies learned the calls were false prank 911 calls that required emergency response from the NPSO and Natchitoches Regional Medical Center EMS.
Deputies assigned to the NPSO Patrol, Criminal Investigations Divisions and a 911 supervisor began reviewing 911 calls, including collecting forensic evidence which led to person of interest in the investigation.
As the investigation progressed, detectives determined that all false 911 calls came from one source.
On May 3, detectives interviewed Christopher John Nicholas Jr. at the NPSO Criminal Investigations Division. Detectives say while interviewing Nicholas he allegedly confessed to making the calls in the presence of a family member who fully cooperated in the investigation.
Detectives arrested and issued citations to Nicholas, 26 of the 200 block of LeBrum Street in Campti, for five-counts of Misuse and Abuse of 911 Calls/Criminal Mischief.
Nicholas was released pending a court appearance in the 10th Judicial District Court.
Sheriff Jones said, “We consider misuse and abuse of our 911 system a serious issue, our deputies may need to respond to legitimate emergency calls for service when we are responding to false 911 calls-it also puts our deputies at risk and takes us away from other matters that may need our immediate response.”