Woman calls 911 over 100 times; faces false reporting charges

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by Alicia E. Barrón

Video report by Tyler Baldwin

Posted on July 27, 2011 at 9:15 PM

Updated Thursday, Jul 28 at 9:20 AM

PHOENIX – A woman faces over 30 counts of false emergency reporting after allegedly calling 911 more than 100 times in a span of five months.

Linda Ruiz-Rodriguez, 60, was arrested Tuesday morning for calling 911 about 130 times between Feb. 18 and July 26, reporting emergencies that did not exist.

Police say police or fire personnel were dispatched after 31 of those calls. Ruiz-Rodriguez would report fights, shootings and other emergency incidents that had not taken place.

On one occasion, Ruiz-Rodriguez allegedly reported a fire in her four-story apartment complex, prompting 12 Phoenix fire units and more officers to respond to the scene. There was no such fire.

"I have been crying because she is a wonderful lady," Dorothy Mazza said. Mazza is blind and said her friend is always running errands and helping people in the complex. She feels like Ruiz-Rodriguez was only calling 911 because she was lonely.

Ruiz-Rodriguez faces 31 counts of false emergency reporting.

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