US man held after pocket-dialling 911 while plotting murder
Houston: Dial M for murder! A US man has been held for murder after he accidentally pocket-dialled emergency services number 911 while planning the slaying and the sinister plot was recorded.
Scott Simon, 24, from Pompano Beach, Florida, mistakenly pocket-dialled 911 as he planned a killing earlier this month, enabling an emergency dispatch system to record his conversation and link him to the slaying, authorities said on Wednesday.
Simon was heard talking with another person on a recorded 911 line on May 05, saying he's going to follow Nicholas Romondo Walker, 33, of Lauderhill, home and kill him, according to a Broward Sheriff's Office statement.
Broward sheriff's homicide detectives on Tuesday arrested Simon on a charge of first-degree murder in the killing of Walker, 33, the Broward Sheriff's Office said. The call took place just minutes before the fatal shooting.
Nicholas Walker's mother, Joyce Walker of Lauderhill, said she's "very happy. I want them to catch them all," Joyce Walker said.
It was around 6:30 am (local time), when deputies and the Florida Highway Patrol responded to a report of shots fired. Investigators said Walker was entering Interstate 95 south at Commercial Boulevard when he was shot multiple times, the Sun Sentinel reported.
Walker's Buick then crashed into a guard rail.
When deputies and Oakland Park Fire rescue came to the on-ramp about 10 minutes later, they found flames shooting out of the car's engine compartment. Fire Rescue put out the flames.
BSO spokeswoman Dani Moschella said Walker died at the scene from gunshot wounds.
BSO investigators say they don't think Simon pulled the trigger in the shooting, but believe he orchestrated the attack.
The South Florida case isn't the only pocket-dialling incident in recent weeks. Four days after Simon's flub, two 20-year-old men, Nathan Teklemariam and Carson Rinehart, ran into the same problem in Fresno, California.
One of the men accidentally called 911 from his pocket, saying that they "need weed."
The dispatcher listened as the duo shattered glass to break into a car. It was after they were arrested that an officer finally took the phone and ended the call, according to television reports.