Man allegedly makes 18,000 911 calls

Feb. 26, 2011 at 10:28 AM

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- A California man has been arrested for allegedly making more than 18,000 prank 911 calls over a six-month period, officials said.

East Los Angeles resident Maurice Cruz, 43, allegedly made the calls from a deactivated cell phone and he was arrested and released Friday on $5,000 bail, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The cell phone Cruz allegedly made the calls from didn't provide his number or location, making the calls hard to trace.

He was booked on suspicion of misusing 911 emergency lines to annoy or harass, a misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine, or both.

Authorities gave no motive for the calls, which started Aug. 27.

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