POTTSTOWN PA – A 22-year-old North Coventry Township resident was arrested Sunday (July 27, 2014) shortly before 1 p.m. by Lower Pottsgrove police on charges stemming from an incident that was said to have occurred at Ringing Rocks Park, 1880 N. Keim St.
Police alleged Jay Auen had anonymously called 9-1-1 to report himself as a suspicious subject.
Ofc. James Kenney said he responded to an advisory from Montgomery County emergency dispatchers, who reported an anonymous caller claimed a Hispanic male wearing a white T-shirt and black jeans had been seen putting a crack pipe and a knife in his pants while in the park. The caller said he, too, was in the park, according to dispatchers.
Upon his arrival, Kenney said, he found the person described in the call alone in the park by its pond. Auen was identified and searched for the officer’s safety, but nothing dangerous or illegal was found, according to Kenney’s report.
When police checked back in from the scene to inquire about outstanding wants or warrants lodged against Auen, dispatchers said he recently had contact with area police from other departments. They recounted reports of police officers from surrounding municipalities allegedly engaging Auen in about 10 earlier, similar incidents, Kenney said he learned from dispatchers.
Dispatchers also assisted Kenney in a review of the latest 9-1-1 call, and it was determined that Auen himself had made it, the report stated. When confronted, Kenney said, Auen admitted he had placed the call Sunday and on the earlier dates as well, but could not explain why and added “he had lost track of just how many times he had done this.”
Auen was arrested on charges of making false reports to police, raising false alarms to an agency regarding public safety, and disorderly conduct. He was taken to the county correctional facility in Eagleville PA, where he was processed and arraigned by a judge via video. He was subsequently released on unsecured bail of $5,000, Kenney reported.
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