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A teen boy who disguised himself as a girl, was arrested and charged after making 404 fake 911 calls, according to a statement from the police in Brooklyn, New York.
The Brooklyn teenager dialed 911 more than 400 times, reporting false emergency incidents, police said yesterday.
16-year-old Dean Whylie disguised his voice as a girl when he made 404 calls, reporting bogus incidents starting last year, police said.
"Among the false incidents that were reported: police officers who need assistance, shots fired, car accidents and disputes," police said.
Whylie allegedly used two phones that have not been activated yet, but were able to dial emergency calls, making it difficult to track down the hundreds of false reports, police said.
At least 329 false incidents were reported in Precinct 70, which includes Kensington, police added.
Other false crimes were reported in Borough Park and other parts of southern Brooklyn, police said.
Researchers eventually traced the cell phone pings to the house of the teen on East 22 Street in
Ditmas Park, where he made his last call on Monday, police said.
The teenager gave no explanation of why he made the prank calls, police said. He was arrested Tuesday afternoon, and charged with reckless endangerment, criminal impersonation, obstruction of government administration, reporting false incidents to the police and criminal nuisance, police said.
One of the two phones which had been used to make 186 false calls, was recovered, police added.