Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012 | 3:59 p.m.
A man suspected of calling Henderson 911 more than 3,600 times was arrested Wednesday night and could face steep fines and up to a year in jail.
Tuy Thai, 35, was booked into the Henderson detention center on 59 counts of unlawful use of 911, was held on $59,000 bond and could be fined $2,000 for each infraction, Henderson police said.
Thai was arrested on charges based on calls made Tuesday and Wednesday after detectives watched him make some of the calls, police said. He is suspected of making fake calls for at least a year and had been questioned in the past. Police said he had blamed the calls on friends and cellphone malfunctions.
The Henderson man would call 911 and hang up when the call was answered, police said. He then would ignore return calls.
“When there is an emergency, every second can count, and fake calls can delay getting help to the people who really need it,” Henderson Police Chief Patrick Moers said.
Police said each fake call is categorized as a gross misdemeanor.