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NPSO Deputies arrest illegal immigrant after false 911 calls

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NATCHITOCHES, La. (KALB News Channel 5) Natchitoches Parish Deputies arrest illegal Hispanic resident in connection with false 911 calls.

According to Natchitoches Parish Sheriff Victor Jones Jr., Deputies arrested an illegal immigrant in Natchitoches Parish after investigating false 911 calls made to the Natchitoches Parish 911 Center on Dec. 22.

On Sunday evening, the NPSO 911 Center received calls from a Hispanic male reporting that he and his girlfriend were traveling from Florida through the area and were shot when they stopped at a public landfill to discard trash from the vehicle. The caller said he didn't speak much English and requested immediate medical assistance. The caller also said he was unsure of their location, but they were possibly in the Cypress, Chopin, or La. Hwy. 484 areas.

Deputies contacted a local Spanish translator to assist in the apparent emergency situation. Seven NPSO Deputies and Natchitoches EMS Paramedics were deployed to cover all Natchitoches Parish roadways in south Natchitoches Parish and were unable to locate the caller.

Deputies said with the help of the translator, they were able to obtain the caller's name and telephone number. Because of information obtained in the investigation, detectives began to question the reliability of the call. Using law enforcement resources and technology, Detectives located the suspected caller in a building south of Natchitoches. Deputies classified the call as being a false 911 report, and the suspect was taken into custody.

According to Sheriff Jones, Christian Lopez, 21, of Natchitoches, was booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center. Lopez was charged with two counts of Criminal Mischief by making False 911 Calls, and other charges are pending, including deportation to Mexico.

Deputies said they learned that Lopez had been in the Natchitoches area employed as a farm hand, and ICE agents have been contacted in reference to the arrest. Sheriff Jones said that he is extremely pleased with the quick investigative work in this case. 

"It is disturbing that deputies and emergency medical services had to be pulled away from potential emergency situations to respond to this false call when someone may have needed assistance," Sheriff Jones said.

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