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BPD arrests teen in 911 prank calls

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Posted at 4:23 PM, Sep 10, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-10 19:23:14-04

Bakersfield Police Department released the following statement:

On Tuesday, September 8, 2015, at 3:20 pm, a 911 call was placed by a male juvenile from a disconnected cellular telephone to the California Highway Patrol.
 
The call originated near Washington Junior High School located at 1101 Noble Av.
 
The call was transferred to the Bakersfield Police Department and officers responded but were unable to locate an emergency.
 
Another 911 call was placed by a male juvenile at 4:15 pm, in which the caller reported a shooting on Noble Av.
 
Police dispatchers attempted to lock-down both Noble Elementary and Washington Junior High Schools as a result of this call but school was already out.
 
Officers responded and were unable to locate any evidence of a shooting.
 
On Wednesday, September 9, 2015, at 1:30 pm, police dispatchers received another 911 call wherein the caller, also a male juvenile using a cellular phone, reported there was a man with a gun at the 7-11 store located at Columbus St. and River Blvd. catty-corner to Noble Elementary School.
 
Washington Junior High School and Noble Elementary School were placed on lock-down as a result of this 911 call.
 
Officers responded and were unable to locate and evidence there had been anybody armed with a firearm in the area.
 
Officers conducted an investigation into the false 911 calls and located a 13 year old juvenile who admitted to the first call on September 8, 2015, and the call on September 9, 2015.
 
The juvenile was arrested for False Report of and Emergency and False Report of a Criminal Offense and released to his mother.
 
The investigation into the source of the second call on September 8, 2015, and the involvement of additional juveniles is continuing.
 
Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to call the Bakersfield Police Department at (661) 327-7111