NEW BRITAIN – An 18-year-old New Britain High School student was arrested Monday after he allegedly used a friend’s cell phone to make a fake 911 call, police said.
Jose Bracero-Lopez, 18, of 143 Richard St., traded cell phones with a friend at school Monday afternoon and then went off with a juvenile to make a 911call that sent officers racing to Sterling Street, Capt. Jeanette Portalatin said.
“He called 911 and told state police that a female was going to shoot herself,” Portalatin said. Bracero-Lopez said the girl was on Sterling Street. But when close to a dozen officers arrived, they couldn’t find the location or the girl, she said.
“Dispatchers kept calling back the cell phone that made the 911 call to get more information but the person at the other end kept hanging up,” Portalatin said.
Bracero-Lopez at some point gave the phone back to its rightful owner who had no idea that the phone had been used for a fake 911 call, she said. The owner of the phone told dispatchers who were still trying to make contact with the original 911 caller that his friend had just used the phone and he had no information about a woman who was going to harm herself.
Officers found Bracero-Lopez and the juvenile at NBHS and issued both a summons charging them with misuse of emergency 911 and second-degree breach of peace.
Both were released and will be scheduled to appear in New Britain Superior Court at a later date.
Lisa Backus can be reached at 860-801-5066 or Lbackus@centralctcommunications.com.