NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — For the past two years, a Manhattan couple has opened their door hundreds of times for police or firefighters responding to emergency calls they never made.
1010 WINS’ Sonia Rincon reports a prankster has been calling 911 up to three times a day giving Mamadou and Assetou Sy’s address in the Dyckman Houses in Inwood.
1010 WINS’ Sonia Rincon with Mamadou and Assetou Sy
“In less than six months, they got 200 calls,” Mamadou Sy said. “This is sickening.”
Police have showed up at the apartment for fake fires, fake gunshots and fake injuries.
They have not been able to trace the calls and Sy said he did not recognize the voice of the prankster on the 911 calls.
“I’m scared, my wife is scared, my daughter will go to the college and said she has nightmares, she can’t even study,” Sy said.
Sy said he and his wife came from Mali 17 years ago to live the American dream, and this is a nightmare.
Assetou said what upsets her most is seeing the emergency responders’ time wasted.
“I really feel sorry for them, I feel sorry for myself and my family, but I feel sorry for them,” she said.
The NYPD is continuing the investigation and police will continue to respond to each call.
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