Dublin dispatcher recalls hostage hoax

DUBLIN, Ohio (WCMH) — Dublin dispatchers took the call Thursday when a man claiming to be named Tim, said he was about to do something horrible at a home on Rushwood drive in Dublin.

“The little girl that I kidnapped was going to school this morning and I kidnapped her,” he says on the call to police. “She’s tied up in my room I already stabbed her and I’m thinking about killing her.”

Today, police are investigating it as a hoax, but at the time it sounded very authentic.

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“I never thought it was a hoax,” said Rita Distelhorst, who took the call at the Dublin Police Department. “To me it seemed real. The whole time and he was breathing hard.”

She stayed on the phone with him for nearly four minutes.

“He told me that he was going to get off the phone, kill his parents, kill this little girl so to me I wanted to keep him on the phone as long as I could,” said Distelhorst. “The longer that you keep him on the phone, the longer it would be before he did anything.”

She calmly just kept talking, not knowing that this was somehow some strange hoax. The caller had the name and the address of the person that lived at the house where claimed he was about to carry out this terrible act. Then, he made one last threat before hanging up.

“When the police come to the door, I will start shooting. My intention is to kill the police officers,” said Tim on the phone. “I want to kill a cop. I want the police to come near me.”

Then, he was gone. All Distelhorst could do is wait another few minutes for the next call.

“I felt horrible until they got there and they said that they’d cleared the house and that no one was hurt,” she said. “Until then I was just worried that they were going to get there and they were going to find a little girl stabbed, shot.”

Inside the home, police found a man who claims to have no idea the call and threats were made. Police continue to investigate the incident.

“I don’t understand this at all,” Distelhorst said. “I don’t know what he would get from this.”

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