Sheila McLaughlin and Michael D. Clark report:
A man who placed the disturbing phone call that sent police from three Warren County agencies scrambling to see if a woman had been killed Tuesday first called the Hamilton dispatch center in Butler County.
Dispatchers there couldn’t find the address he gave and they called Warren County Communication Center to report the call.
By then, the man already was calling Warren County dispatchers with the same information, said Rob Ramby, a supervisor with Warren County dispatch.
A police negotiator tried to talk to the man who wouldn’t stay on the phone long enough for the call to be traced, he said.
“He was playing games with them,” Ramby said, adding that the man kept changing his story.
Mason police continue to investigate the incident, although they said the call could be a hoax.
Shortly after 2 p.m., Mason police and Warren County sheriff’s deputies surrounded the Cambridge Park Apartments and closed Snider Court after reports that a man had killed his girlfriend, threatened to kill his mother and then said he was going to commit suicide.
In a subsequent call, according to the radio dispatch, he said both people were dead, before hanging up.
The report drew more than a dozen officers from Mason Police,Warren County Sheriff’s Office and the Ohio State Highway Patrol to the two story building at 202 Snider Court. Medical helicopters were put on standby.
In the end, officers checked the apartment and other apartments in the building and no one was inside.