SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - A Savannah man was arrested early Thursday morning in connection with calling 911 four times within an hour to report phony emergencies that did not exist.
Orlance Wilson, 32, of the 9600 block of White Bluff Road was arrested by Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police in the parking lot of the Waffle House on the 3700 block of Ogeechee Road after 2:32 a.m.
He was charged with three counts of abuse of 911 and two counts of false report of a crime.
Police said he had with four cell phones on him, one of which had been used to place bogus calls to the 911 emergency center.
Police were called to the same location an hour earlier when a man identifying himself Wilson reported a robbery by force inside the restaurant. He said he was wearing an orange shirt and blue pants. When police arrived, the restaurant staff members told officers they were unaware of a robbery. Wilson who was dressed as he described and talking with a woman, denied knowing anything about an emergency call, according to authorities.
A few minutes later, police arrived at an apartment complex on Garrard Avenue on a report of a shooting. The call was made by a man using the same name and said he was in a white Ford 150 pickup truck at that location. The caller said he had been shot and was having trouble breathing. But no vehicle matching that description was found and residents of the complex said they had not heard gunshots.
Five minutes after that call, a man using the same name reported that he was at the restaurant and said there was a shooting and then disconnected from the line. Police could find no sign of a shooting or the pickup truck.
Seven minutes later, a caller using the name Terrence called from the same number used to report the original robbery, said he was in the restaurant with his girlfriend who was ill from too much drinking. Police could not find anyone matching his description in the restaurant.
At 2:32 a.m. officers were called by restaurant staff members to check a vehicle in the restaurant parking lot and found Wilson in the pickup truck that was registered to him, according to police.
A witness with Wilson in the restaurant told police he had been calling in emergencies and had asked her to do so. She also said he appeared to be turning off his cell phone when police arrived.
Wilson told police he was going through a tough time and was having marital problems and that he had first called 911 because he feared a panic attack.