Florida police catch 911 bandit

3:27 PM, Feb 15, 2013   |    comments
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(WFLA) A Tampa, Florida man is accused of making more than 1,200 non-emergency calls to 911 in less than two-months.

Hillsborough County Sheriff's deputies said Jason Honaker, 38, used an unregistered cell phone to make all the calls.

"It taxes us," said Hillsborough Sheriff's Lt. Darrin Barlow. "It's unnecessary. It's outrageous."

The phone wasn't in service with a phone company. By law, all cell phones must still be able to dial 911. Barlow said the majority of calls Honaker placed were silent. He did talk and make up fake emergencies at least 19 times, according to Barlow.

"We had to treat every one of those calls as if it was truly an emergency," said Sheriff's spokesperson Cristal Bermudez Nunez.

Honaker told a dispatcher someone was chasing him with a knife in one recording released by the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office Thursday.

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