BOYNTON BEACH (CBSMiami) — A 16-year-old who allegedly spent the past several weeks making fake calls to 911 was taken into police custody over the weekend.
One of those calls, officials said, included a SWAT team being dispatched to search Wal-mart for an armed, suicidal gunman on November 26th.
On Saturday morning, 911 received a call from someone claiming to have cut off their finger, saying “blood was spurting everywhere.”
Officers and fire rescue personnel rushed to a house in the 2000 block of Southwest Golf Lane only to find out there was no emergency situation.
“Dispatchers were able to determine the location where the call ended, and officers descended upon the area of the Boynton Beach Mall,” said Boynton Beach Police. “Officers observed a teen matching the description of a suspect who made a previous false 911 call that was captured on surveillance video.”
The teen was stopped and voluntarily agreed to speak with detectives at the police department.
After giving them consent to search his cell phone, officers used it to call 911 and confirm that it was the same phone number that called in the false medical emergency earlier.
They also determined that the phone was used in 7 previous fake 911 calls, according to police.
The teen was charged with unlawful use of the 911 System and taken to the a Juvenile Assessment Center.
Additional charges are pending.