Bronx, NY – A New York woman accused of making over 24,000 bogus 911 calls in recent months has been arrested.
Yogita Persaud, 38, called 911 at approximately 2 p.m. on Nov. 8 to report that there was smoke and flames billowing from the basement of a building near her East 234th Street home, the New York Daily News reported.
Multiple fire and police units raced to the scene, only to learn that the report was completely bogus, according to WNBC.
Persaud was arrested on charges of aggravated harassment, obstructing governmental administration, making a false emergency report, and making a false fire report.
But as investigators delved into Persaud’s history of calls to the 911 center, they found an alarming pattern.
On the day of her arrest alone, she allegedly placed a whopping 200 bogus emergency calls, WNBC reported.
The Communications Division compiles a list of chronic callers each week, and investigators noted that Persaud’s phone number always appeared at the top of that list, according to the New York Daily News.
It was a pattern the 911 center had already recognized.
“The number kept coming up for having high call volumes, so much so that most of the 911 call takers on the floor would recognize the number when it was made,” New York Police Department (NYPD) Lieutenant John D’Amico told the New York Daily News. “They all knew the call coming in was going to be fake, but they had to be professional and take the call.”
Many of the calls Persaud has been accused of making involved robberies in progress, fires, and other police emergencies.
“Sometimes she would just curse at the dispatcher who was speaking to her,” Lt. D’Amico added.
Beginning in June, Persaud typically made an average of 100 bogus 911 calls every day, police said.
When she called about the fake fire that ultimately led to her arrest, the call taker even reminded her that it was illegal to place a false 911 call, the New York Daily News reported.
Persaud then allegedly flew off into a tirade, and accused police and firefighters of plotting against her.
One day after her arrest, Persaud was released from jail without bond.
“It’s a campaign against me,” she told the New York Daily News through the closed door of her home. “They hired a gang member to stalk me. It’s been going on for a very long time, nine years. It’s outrageous.”
Persaud alleged that the NYPD has a “history” of being “corrupt,” according to the paper.
Persaud had not yet been charged in connection with over 24,200 bogus 911 calls she allegedly placed, but the case remains under investigation, WNBC reported.
“It’s very dangerous,” Lt. D’Amico told the New York Daily News. “Not only was it putting call takers at risk, it takes away much-needed assistance to someone having a heart attack.”
Persaud’s next court hearing has been scheduled for Jan. 7, 2020, the New York Post reported.