MELBOURNE, FL (WESH/CNN) – Florida police say a man called 911 to make fake reports of a possible murder in progress as he was being pulled over for a traffic violation.
Dispatchers on the 911 lines took a frantic phone call.
Caller: There is a murder that’s gonna happen, I swear, on Wingate, on Wingate, on Wingate and Wickham. No, on Wingate and Hollywood.
Caller: Definitely someone gonna get shot. Please, please, Wingate and Hollywood. Please.
Dispatcher: Okay, sir, please take a…?
When the line went dead, every available officer went to that intersection in West Melbourne. Then the caller called back.
Caller: I swear, there’s gonna be a murder any second. There’s a man and a gun. Please.
Again, the caller hung up.
Dispatchers looked for any information they could get, and got the guy’s name.
That name is Julius Lupowitz. And it just so happened, that at that same moment, Lupowitz was getting a speeding ticket up the street from that intersection.
Police believe that while the officer’s back was turned, Lupowitz made the phony murder call.
“It almost worked. The officer was trying to wrap up quickly to respond,” West Melbourne Police Lt. Rich Cordeau said.
But when dispatchers broadcast Lupowitz’s name over the police radio, the officer who was writing the ticket realized what was happening, and nailed Lupowitz.
“When you take a phony incident, and you take those dispatches away from the ability to answer those calls, that could put somebody that has a real emergency in danger,” Lt. Cordeau said.
Now instead of a 200-dollar traffic ticket, Lupowitz faces a felony charge that carries a maximum five year prison term.