Man charged with making false 911 calls


Published: Friday, December 27, 2013 at 1:57 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, December 27, 2013 at 1:57 p.m.

A Gainesville man was arrested early Friday morning after police say he called 911 six times and later told police officers who arrived at his home that he had not called them.

Douglas Murphy, 62, of 100 NE Eighth Ave. Apt. 509, called the the Alachua County Combined Communications Center via 911 to file various complaints Friday at 1:09 a.m., according to Gainesville Police.

Murphy initially called the dispatcher saying he needed to speak with a law enforcement officer about "bad people doing bad things." When three Gainesville Police Department officers arrived at his home, Murphy talked about various topics but would not provide any information about his earlier statements, the police report said.

After police left, Murphy called 911 again to file a report that multiple officers had come to his house. He continued to call 911 four more times after that, and, according to the dispatcher, he was "rambling and talking in circles," the report said.

The second call resulted in the dispatch of two Gainesville police officers, but when they arrived, Murphy told them he had not called law enforcement and refused to provide information. Throughout the six calls, police said Murphy refused to provide his personal information, verbally abused the call taker, expressed his discontent that the officers were once again at his home and threatened officers, saying he would "whack or kill them," the report said.

Murphy's 911 calls resulted in responses by four officers, two of whom were dispatched twice to the caller's house and costing more than $100 of service in reports, the police report stated.

Murphy was charged with a felony count of making false 911 calls, according to the police report. He was being held as of Friday at the Alachua County jail in lieu of $25,000 bond.

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