AOMORI Japan – An elderly man who made more than 1, 700 emergency calls to police over a six-month period was arrested on Tuesday, accused of obstructing official duties. The charges for which Yoshikatsu Birukawa, 64, was arrested involve 84 calls he made on his mobile phone to police in about seven hours on May 29.
“I’m covered in blood. Come rescue me quickly,” Birukawa, from Aomori, reportedly said in one of the calls. Officers of the Aomori Police Station rushed to Birukawa’s home several times in response to his calls, but mostly he was not in or pretended to be out. He began calling Aomori police in December last year, saying that he wanted officers to talk with him. In early January, his calls turned into pranks. In one day, he made more than 150 calls. The officers received 1,727 of his calls from December. They suspect that Birukawa had made similar prank calls to paramedics.
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