Seemed Like A Good Idea At The Time? Woman Arrested After April-Fools-Prank Call To 911.

Posted on April 1, 2013


Virginia (The Gaslamp Post) – A Waffle House employee must have thought that the police would have a sense of humor today, before she allegedly called 911 to report a robbery as an April Fool’s Day prank.  The tide quickly changed however, when authorities swarmed the Hampton, Virginia restaurant, canvassed the area with officers, and had even brought in a K-9 unit.

20-year-old Susan Alexandria Tinker, an employee of the restaurant is alleged to have called police at around 6:00 am this morning to report her location being raided by 5 robbers just moments earlier.  Within minutes an investigation was launched, interviews were conducted, and surveillance footage was reviewed.

Arrested:  Susan Alexandra Tinker after allegedly "april foolin'" police with bogus 911 call.

Arrested: Susan Alexandra Tinker after allegedly “april foolin'” police with bogus 911 call.

It was while reviewing the tapes that investigators realized that nothing had happened.

Hampton police weren’t in the mood for a joke, and Tinker was arrested and charged with one misdemeanor count of falsely summoning police, according to authorities.

Shackelford said that police will not tolerate prank calls made to emergency officials.

“We take this very, very seriously,” she said.

“Sometimes we’ll get incidents where kids are playing around on the phone,” Shackelford added. “But usually it’s nothing of this caliber.”


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