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Smyrna police search for fraudulent 911 caller

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Police are looking for a man who allegedly placed a phony 911 call on Sunday evening, the Smyrna Police Department reports.

According to the arrest warrant, Joseph Royce Coughlin, of Lawrenceville, reportedly dialed 911, told a dispatcher he was Donovan James, and stated that a “violent criminal with felony warrants” was at the CVS in Smyrna, located at 2994 Atlanta Road. When questioned as to how he obtained the information on the alleged felon, Coughlin told the 911 communications officer that he pulled up a criminal history application on his cell phone and found "all kinds of stuff."

When authorities arrived, they ran a background check on the accused individual, yet there were no active warrants in the Georgia Crime Information Center nor in the National Criminal Information Center.

Coughlin is now wanted on a misdemeanor charge of unlawful conduct of a 911 call. So for, he has not been arrested. Previous records indicate that Coughlin was arrested in Gwinnett County in 2009, on a misdemeanor charge of failing to appear in court.

* Update * - Coughlin was arrested on Jan. 23 for unlawful conduct during a 911 call, a misdemeanor. He is being held at the Cobb County Adult Detention Center on a $1,870 bond.



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