Police charge teen in 911 threat, suspect him in other calls

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Bernard Michael Borgans, 17

An Augusta teenager was arrested today after threatening a 911 dispatcher.

Authorities now suspect that Bernard Michael Borgans, 17, of the 3500 block of North Pines Drive, may be responsible for making numerous false reports to the Richmond County 911 Center, according to Richmond County Sheriff’s Sgt. Blaise Dresser.

The center received somewhere between 30 and 50 calls from an untraceable number reporting fake incidents last night, Sgt. Dresser said.

Later, a man believed to be Mr. Borgans called from a cell phone and made several more false reports. He also became angry and threatened to harm a 911 dispatcher. Authorities were able to trace the call to the suspect’s cell phone and have charged him with felony terroristic threats and unlawful conduct on a 911 system in connection to those calls.

However, Sgt. Dresser said they are now trying to determine whether Mr. Borgans can be traced to more incidents.

Philip K. Wasson, director of the 911 call center, said his office is just beginning the process of going back through hundreds of calls and recordings to try to identify any other incidents Mr. Borgans may have been involved in. The call center has been receiving false reports of rapes, shootings and other violent crimes for more than a year, authorities said.

“These types of activities are strongly discouraged because it ties up the 911 lines for people who need legitimate help,” Sgt. Dresser said.

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