Man charged with making terroristic threats for making prank calls to police because his abusive uncle likes the sound of police sirens


Kenneth E. Campbell 
By: Feng Qian

A man was arrested on a charge of making terroristic threats allegedly making numerous prank calls to the police, police in New York said.

The New York Police Department said that they have arrested 47-year-old Kenneth E. Campbell of Queens, after being accused of making prank calls to the police in order to please his abusive uncle who likes the sound of police sirens.

Campbell was charged with five counts of making a terroristic threat, 20 counts of second-degree falsely reporting an incident and nine counts of third-degree falsely reporting an incident.

Campbell was booked into jail, and his bail was set at $20,000.

According to the police investigation, between February 12 and March 16, Campbell placed more than 30 calls anonymously to 911, citing the odor of gas, the smell of smoke and electrical emergencies.

He is also reported elderly people falling with head injuries or unable to get back up, someone having a heart attack and a pregnant woman going into labor.

On March 9, Campbell placed 5 calls anonymously to 911 reporting bombs on his apartment building’s rooftop, a threat to throw bombs from the building onto police and fire officials, and to having a bomb strapped to his body.

Campbell admitted to making the series of false 911 calls because his uncle is verbally abusive and the sound of sirens calms him down.

Campbell added that he changed the sound of his voice when making the calls and used other people’s phones as well as a nearby payphone.