Hoax sends Carson City cops on a couple of goose chases | NevadaAppeal.com

Hoax sends Carson City cops on a couple of goose chases

by F.T. Norton
Appeal Staff Writer

Investigators hope to speak with the owner of a cell phone used to place a phony 911 call Thursday night reporting a non-existent murder.

At least six phony 911 calls over the past month could be related to the false report of a woman found dead with a slit throat at the Best Value Motel in the 2700 block of South Carson Street. The call came just 30 minutes after a false report of an officer being shot sent deputies and troopers on a futile search through town for an injured comrade.

According to dispatch records, a caller with a Hispanic accent reported at 10:10 p.m. there was a “dead female in Room 111 with a cut throat.”

The caller said the woman was lying near the fence in the parking lot.

Several officers responded and were unable to find a victim or the person who called 911. Tenants in the room knew nothing of the incident.

Carson City sheriff’s Detective Dave Legross said the call was placed from a cell phone with a local area code registered to Nestor Lopez.

Recommended Stories For You

Anyone who may know Lopez, or knows who is responsible for the 911 calls, is asked to contact the detective division at 775-887-2020 ext. 1400.

Legross said Lopez is wanted only for questioning.

Misuse of 911 is a gross misdemeanor offense that carries up to a $2,000 fine and a year in jail.

“These calls are tying up emergency response services, taking time, money and resources from people who might actually need them,” Legross said.

— Contact reporter F.T. Norton at ftnorton@nevadaappeal.com or 881-1213.