Birmingham man arrested in connection to fake 911 calls

Birmingham man arrested in connection to fake 911 calls

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A Birmingham man accused of making fake 911 calls has been charged with making a terrorist threat, according to the Birmingham Police Department.

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office says 21-year-old Ervin Hill called in a fake kidnapping on Sunday.

The series of fake calls, all from the same cell phone number, started coming into the sheriff's office around 4:30 p.m. Sunday.

"The call sounded like a female voice and told the 911 operator that she had been kidnapped and was being held in the basement of a home in the 1600 block of 1st Street Northeast in Center Point," Chief Deputy Randy Christian said in a release.

A SWAT team responded to the home to look for the female victim. While that search was going on, the sheriff's office got another call from a man who demaded to talk to a specific sergeant. He told the officer that he would bring out the kidnapped woman if they shut down the 1600 block of Center Point Parkway.

Authorities shut down that part of Center Point Parkway, but no one ever came out of the residence. Deputies soon discovered that two "bogus robbery" calls had come into their office from the same cell phone number in the past two weeks.

They tracked the cell phone by GPS to a restaurant in the area. The restaurant's manager told them the cell phone number belonged to one of the employees who was working at that time, Ervin Jamal Hill.

Hill was taken into custody and questioned. Deputies say he admitted to making the calls, but later recanted. He was charged with making a terrorist threat and booked into the Jefferson County Jail.

His bond is set at $50,000.

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