Fake 911 Calls, Arrest
Updated: Friday, February 22 2013, 11:30 AM EST
On February 19, 2013 shortly after midnight the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office received a 9-1-1 call from a male stating that his wife was unconscious.
EMS and deputies responded to 204 Sandra Avenue and found that the call made was a false call and no medical emergency ever existed.
While deputies were investigating the call a second call was made by the same subject directly to EMS stating that there was a fire at a church in Anderson County and people were trapped inside. This call was also unfounded.
The false calls were assigned to an investigator for follow up. Investigators learned that 43-year old Ralph Roan Lawson of Greenville has made a total of 38 false calls through 9-1-1 since July of 2010. 21 of those calls had been made since November 24, 2012. Some of the calls required EMS and Fire Departments to respond in addition to countless numbers of deputies.
A warrant for Lawson’s arrest was obtained and served on February 21, 2013. Lawson was released six hours after his arrest on a $3,000 recognizance bond.
Lawson faces up to six months in jail and up to a $200.00 fine if convicted of the offense.