Friday, March 8 2013, 05:49 PM MST
Man Arrested After Making Over 100 Threatening 911 Calls
By Dan Rascon
(KUTV) A man has been arrested and charged after placing over one hundred 911 calls, not asking for help, but containing threatening messages to police.
Officials say 27-year-old Mohamud M. Ismail called 911 106 times between 11:00pm and 10:30m Thursday morning.
Police say in Ismail’s phone calls, he indicated he was the "second Osama bin Laden" and that he was manufacturing explosives. He also reportedly made a direct threat on the life of the officer he spoke with on the phone.
Police later contained Ismail’s apartment and made several attempts to contact him via phone and by knocking on the door. After trying to contact him for nearly 15 minutes, the man briefly opened the door, but quickly shut it.
A negotiator tried to contact him numerous times, but he would not answer. Officers eventually obtained a search warrant and arrested Ismail inside his home.
“Officers went into his apartment and there was no struggle and he didn’t put up a fight.” Said Det. Veronica Montoya with the Salt Lake City Police Department. “Over the 100 calls that were coming in in those two shifts I’m sure a lot of people got put on hold just because of this one person.”
“I am completely shocked,” said Gordon Vic who lives next to Ismail in the apartment complex at about 700 South and 300 East.
“I am shocked that somebody like that can be in this complex building,” he said.
“It’s scary that we are living here close and he’s threatening police,” said Jody Fako another neighbor.
Fako says she’s run into Ismail several times and he didn’t come across as dangerous. “He was just really stand offish,” she said.
Ismail is behind bars at the Salt Lake County Jail and is being held on threats against life or property, emergency telephone abuse and obstruction of justice.
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