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Man demanded a response from 911, but being arrested probably wasn’t it
Joseph Cabral
Joseph Cabral

A man’s repeated calls to 911 after being told by Turlock dispatchers that his son’s custody issue was not an emergency landed him jail Thursday afternoon, the Turlock Police Department reported.

The incident began around 3:30 p.m. Thursday at the Children’s Crisis Center in the 700 block of E. Main Street when Joseph Cabral, 39, came to pick up his son. And was told he would not be able to leave with him, according to the police report.

The center had several court orders regarding custody, some of which seemed to be conflicting, but they “interpreted them to mean that he could not pick up the child from the facility,” according to the Turlock Police Department’s activity log.

The man decided to report the situation to authorities and called 911, upon which dispatchers told him it was not an emergency situation and that his complaint needed to be directed elsewhere.

According to the police report, Cabral became upset with this answer and told the dispatcher he would continue calling 911 until he got a police response. Cabral made good on his word by calling 911 a total of five times, which did eventually earn him a police response, though likely not the one he was hoping to get.

Two officers responded to the scene and found Cabral on hold with dispatch. He was told once again to quit calling 911, but insisted that he would continue calling 911, even after he was released from custody, according to the police report.

“He ended up getting booked for the repeated harassing 911 calls, as the offense was likely to continue,” the activity log stated.

The issue of the court order was forwarded to the Stanislaus County District Attorney’s Office to see if any violation occurred.