GASTONIA, N.C. -- A Charlotte man is out on bond after Gastonia Police officers said he called 911 and tried to get first responders to open his locked car by falsely claiming his baby was trapped in the vehicle.
According to an arrest warrant, Jaelon Jones called 911 multiple times from Eastridge Mall on Black Friday to get emergency crews to unlock his car, but dispatchers refused to send them.
"What I'm saying is I'm locked out of the car with no money," Jones can be heard in a 911 call obtained by NBC Charlotte.
He added, "I'm just trying to get home."
"And I'm telling you sir, we don't unlock doors," the dispatcher replied.
After a brief pause, Jones can be heard saying, "Alright, well I got a baby in my car, can y'all (sic) come unlock the door now?"
As a precaution, dispatchers sent out police and a fire truck, but officers found no baby.
Police arrested Jones and charged him with misusing 911.
He was the second person in Gastonia accused of that crime during the Thanksgiving holiday.
Officers cited a woman after she called and hung up on 911 at least eight times during Thanksgiving.
Gastonia Assistant Fire Chief William Warren said fake emergencies often tie up emergency workers from responding to real ones, and they also endanger both firefighters and drivers.
"We drive these apparatuses as safely as possible," Asst. Chief Warren said. "But there always is an inherent danger of responding with a truck of this size through traffic."
It could lead to fire trucks getting into crashes and turning a fake emergency into a real one