Man who used 911 to dial a ride in Charles County to face charges
It's a little-known fact, but when your cell phone is out of minutes, it still works for calling 911.
And so early Thursday, a 20-year-old man walking on Route 225 in the Ripley area of Charles County dialed 911 to report that he'd just been robbed at gunpoint even though the minutes on his mobile phone had expired.
Charles sheriff's deputies sped to the scene, where the man reported that he was walking along the road when a car stopped. He said he approached the car, a man put a gun to his head and demanded his money and his watch, which he provided, and the car took off.
The officers investigated, Charles spokeswoman Diane Richardson said, and soon the man "admitted to officers he made up the robbery because he wanted a ride home."
And then -- the officers gave him one.
He was not arrested Thursday, but charges are pending, Richardson said.
"Pardon the puns," Richardson said, "but his decision to report an armed robbery was a bad call and although we did give him a ride home -- we do have a heart -- he may face serious consequences down the road. This free ride may cost him up to six months in jail, a $500 fine or both."
-- Tom Jackman
May 7, 2010; 2:35 PM ET
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