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One Arrest Made in WIU Hoax

Mar 8, 2013

Macomb police said they arrested a Western Illinois University student for Wednesday night’s hoax phone call to 911.

Alvin Montgomery
Credit Macomb Police Department

Chief Curt Barker said Alvin Montgomery, age 25, was taken into custody outside Bayless Hall. Montgomery is charged with disorderly conduct, making a false 911 call, and attempted obstruction of justice.

Police said the final charge was filed because Montgomery tried to delete information from a cell phone.

Barker said it’s believed Montgomery was the person whose voice could be heard in the background of the hoax call to 911. Police are still searching for the woman  whose voice is heard on the call.

Barker said various police agencies involved with the investigation are tallying up how much it cost to respond to the incident and authorities might seek restitution from those convicted in the case.

Barker said Montgomery gave his address as 509 West Murray Street, which is where the incident happened, but he is not listed on the lease.

Montgomery was also charged on an outstanding warrant for failure to appear. That warrant is from DeKalb County.

Barker said Macomb police have been called to other incidents this year that involved Montgomery.