Police: kidnapping call a fakeThe Dickinson Police Department is pursuing charges after a male called 911 Tuesday morning, claiming he was being kidnapped.
The Dickinson Police Department is pursuing charges after a male called 911 Tuesday morning, claiming he was being kidnapped.
Because it was a prank call, the male, whose name was not released, could face several charges including disorderly conduct and providing false information to law enforcement, according to authorities.
Police were immediately skeptical of the call.
“A phone call came in stating that the person had been abducted and he was being driven around by people and the caller sounded intoxicated,” Capt. Joe Cianni said. “If you’re being abducted, your abductors aren’t going to allow you to call the police and carry on a conversation with dispatchers while you’re being driven around the downtown area.”
However, Detective Kylan Klauzer spent most of the day trying to track down the caller.
“There were things that made us suspicious about the call that was placed, but, you know, obviously every call that comes in like that, we’ve got to pursue to the very end and make sure and verify that it’s not real.”
The caller gave a full name during the phone call, which turned out to be authentic, Klauzer said.
When police tracked down the caller, he was on his way to Michigan, Capt. Dustin Dassinger said.
“We do know for sure that he was in city limits when the call was placed, but as of right now, he’s not in Dickinson, I can tell you that,” Klauzer said.
He wouldn’t say where the caller is from, but he is not a Dickinson resident.
The caller has not been arrested and police are investigating.