NWGA Scanner | February 26th, 2021

Dalton man arrested after making false 911 reporting fake armed hostage situation at an apartment

According to a Dalton Police Department incident report, on February 18th, 2021, at around 8: 30 PM, officers with Dalton Police Department were dispatched to 1313 Winton Drive apartment 1 in reference to a serious 911 call advising a subject fighting and a male holding a female at gunpoint. Whitfield Dispatch advised that the “juvenile” caller identified himself as Zayden. They also advised that the “juvenile” stated, “They are coming back,” and then hung up the phone. Units responded to emergency traffic to the possible dangerous scene. Responding Officer Morang noticed that on the computer-assisted dispatch (CAD) system, it stated that the caller was located at Max’s Food Mart located at 1246 North Thornton Avenue. The officer reported that it seemed odd to him because it was quite a distance away from the incident location given to dispatch. Officer Morang reported it seemed unlikely that a child could have made it there to make the call. The caller also called in from a landline, so the officer knew this was a very specific location that the caller called from. Due to these circumstances, Officer Morang rerouted to the location on North Thornton Avenue to further investigate. The clerk advised the officer that a 40-45-year-old black male had just come in and used the phone and then left. Officer had since arrived at the apartment from the call and made contact with occupants inside. Officer quickly determined this call was false and unfounded. Officer Morang called Whitfield County 911 and asked them to let him listen to the 911 call. While listening to this call, the officer could tell that an adult male was attempting to disguise his voice to make it sound like a child. The 911 call:

Officer Morang began watching surveillance footage from the store. At 8:06 PM, the black male entered the parking lot in a dark blue Chevrolet Trailblazer and exited the vehicle. He then enters the store and asks the clerk if he can borrow the phone. The male then steps outside of the store and calls 911, making the false dangerous emergency call. This man paced back and forth as he spoke to the 911 dispatcher while smoking a cigarette. He then re-enters the store and returns the phone. Ob February 19th, 2021, Officer McBrayer positively identified the suspect as Frank Jesus Parker Jr., 43, of Dalton. Sgt. Lowery showed Officer Morang a picture of Frank from his Georgia Department of Corrections files. Officer Morang was able to tell beyond any reasonable doubt that it was, in fact, the suspect that he witnessed on camera making a false 911 call. Officer McBrayer and Officer Smith had located the dark blue Chevrolet TrailBlazer that was seen on the store’s video camera. The officers spoke with the owner of the vehicle, and he confirmed to them that the pictures taken from the surveillance video were, in fact, Frank. At approximately 10:00 PM, officers arrested Frank at an address on Bermuda Street. Frank was transported to the Whitfield County Jail. When asked why he made the fake 911 call for Winton Drive, Frank stated that he was just being stupid. Frank was charged with unlawful conduct during a 9-1-1 call, transmitting a false public alarm, and driving on a suspended license.