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Gazette Premium Content Man arrested after police believe he called 9-1-1 nearly two dozen times

JAKOB RODGERS Updated: June 8, 2010 at 12:00 am

A man was arrested early Tuesday morning after police said he called 9-1-1 nearly two dozen times.

In all, 22 calls to 9-1-1 were received early Monday morning from 2827 W. Kiowa St., according to Lt. Pat Rigdon of the Colorado Springs Police Department.

“He would scream help a couple times and hang up,” Rigdon said.

The calls led to the arrest of Richard Martinez, 46, who was taken to jail on suspicion of criminal trespass and the introduction of contraband into the El Paso Criminal Justice Center — both felonies — along with false reporting to authorities.

Police said the man appeared to be under the influence of a controlled substance when arrested. It is unknown what Martinez was doing in the house, as it was not his own.

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