BLANCHESTER —A Blanchester man was charged with making false alarms after police say he falsely reported a man had been murdered.
It is also the third time within a week someone has been charged with making a false alarm to Blanchester police.
Shortly before 9 a.m. Monday Blanchester police were called about a white Ford Mustang being operated in a reckless fashion on East Cherry Street, according to Police Chief Scott Reinbolt. Minutes later, officers were dispatched to 201 W. Center Street in response to a 911 call in which a resident there reported a man had been murdered in the attic of the house, he said.
Ptl. Kristen Jeffers arrived at 201 W. Center St., but found no one at home.
“At that point a white Ford Mustang pulled up to the house, and was identified as the same Mustang that had been seen operating recklessly on East Cherry Street earlier,” said Reinbolt.
Jeffers identified the driver as Kaleb Christen, 24, of 201 W. Center St. and further identified him as the man who had called 911, polcie said.
“Christen told Ptl. Jeffers that a man named ‘Bobby’ had been covertly filming his sexual activity in his bedroom through the use of a concealed camera in the attic of the home,” said Reinbolt. “Christen’s behavior and physical appearance suggested he was under the influence of some drug of abuse. Ptl. Jeffers was joined by Ptl. Ian Courtney, and they searched the home at Christen’s insistence, finding no one, nor a concealed camera, inside the home.”
After a brief struggle with the officers, Christen was arrested for making false alarms for reporting a matter to law enforcement knowing the report to be false, Reinbolt said. Christen was also charged with resisting arrest and he was taken to the Clinton County Jail. He will answer the charge in Clinton County Municipal Court.
“Christen was arrested for committing the same offense in 2014 after he reported to Blanchester Police that he had been robbed,” said Reinbolt. “In that case it was determined that no robbery occurred, but that Christen and an associate gave money to an individual in order to purchase marijuana which was not delivered.”