Fla. felon makes fake 911 call, gets arrested

By David Ovalle
The Miami Herald

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. — Claiming to possess vital information for undercover detectives, career criminal John Hunter wanted police to pay him a visit — so he dialed 911 to report two armed men selling drugs on South Beach, police say.

Officers did not appreciate his phone call.

Miami Beach police arrested Hunter on Saturday night after getting an emergency call of "two black males carrying firearms and selling drugs."

Officers rushed to 13th Street and Washington Avenue.

No gunmen. Instead, they found Hunter, 38, a felon with a string of convictions including drugs and theft.

"I called in the guns because I have important information for undercover officers," he told Officer Robert Azicri, according to an arrest report.

Hunter's troubles didn't stop with the bogus call.

Azicri found Hunter with one packet of suspected cocaine, one of suspected marijuana and 119 more packets of other suspected drugs.

Hunter "caused numerous officers to divert from other calls for service . . .due to the nature of the call," Azicri wrote in his arrest report.

Hunter faces one count of misuse of the 911 system, as well as four drug charges.

"Citizens are reminded that 911 is for emergencies only," said Miami Beach Detective Juan Sanchez, a department spokesman.

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