Man uses 911 to harass, stalk ex-wife - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Man uses 911 to harass, stalk ex-wife

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

A system set up to save lives and respond in emergencies is at the center of a stalking and harassing claim. A man is being charged with stalking and harassing his ex-wife using 911.

"He would threaten to slice her throat, threatening the baby," Ginger Nichols said. "She quit coming over here because she was trying to get away from him."

Nichols said her relative, Justin Henry, even threatened her. Police have charged Henry with several crimes, including false reporting, involving his ex-wife.

Investigators said Henry called police dispatch several times and asked them to check on his 14-month-old son. 

His son was with his wife, who Henry reported to dispatchers was using drugs and had mental problems.

"It's ridiculous," Nichols said.

When police arrived at the ex-wife's house, she said Henry was using the police to harass her. Police found no problems in the ex-wife's past and they found no current problems in her home.

They had also learned Henry's former wife had obtained a temporary order of protection against him. She told police she had received 133 messages from Henry, in addition to Facebook messages. 

Many said he abused the emergency system, and took away from those who may have needed it for real emergencies.

"Basically, it's taking away from the people who really need help," Kenneth Morris said.

Morris knows all too well about wasting resources on false calls. He said his home was burglarized about a year ago. When he called police, he said it took a while for them to show up because they were on a false call.

"It took them an hour to get to my house because of stuff that was going on that was fraudulent," Morris said.

Henry is being charged with harassment, violation of protective order, and stalking.

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