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Recording released of elaborate 911 hoax

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CHULA VISTA (CBS8) -  A Chula Vista Police Department Captain says it's not uncommon to get prank 911 calls from kids. However, a recent call didn't come from a kid and took up critical resources and shutdown a community.

Dispatcher: Christopher just stay on the phone with me.

Caller:  I have to kill myself.

Dispatcher: No you don't.

The March 17th 911 call sent Chula Vista Police into overdrive, sealing off roads in the Eastlake Trails housing area, even putting a local school on lock down.

"A dispatcher is talking to somebody that she believes just killed his wife and is threatening suicide," recalls Captain Gary Wedge, Chula Vista Police Department spokesperson.

The 911 system pinpoints that the call came from a tri-plex off Garnet Peak and the man on the phone, who identifies himself as Christopher, can't go on after committing murder.

Dispatcher: Christopher I know you're upset, but I need you to stay on the phone with me.

Caller:  I shouldn't have done it...she's not breathing...there's blood everywhere.

The caller disconnects and 911 calls back to get clarification on where Jennifer, the man's wife, is inside the home.

Dispatcher: And Jennifer is in the bathroom?

Caller: She's in the tub and the tub is full of water. I tried to drown her also.

For the dispatcher everything checked out and verified, from the information that showed up on the 911 computer screen to the information confirmed from the caller.

"There was every indication that this was a legitimate incident," said Wedge.

Investigators tell CBS8 once the homeowners returned home things began to unravel and they soon realized the call came in through a voice over internet protocol system through the internet with their information on it.

"[We] Have a pretty good idea of who made the call," said Wedge. "Now the challenge is to build a strong enough to where  the District Attorney would prosecute.  We do have more information about the individual and about possibly why the call was made, but we can't release any of that."

Besides going after charges for making a hoax 911 call, the Chula Vista Police Department will also go after reimbursement costs for the 50 plus officers, including swat team members and other resources used to respond to the call.


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