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HOLLY, Mich. – Police have charged a Michigan man with making multiple false 911 calls and bomb threats to his own home.

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In a news release, the Holly Police Department said it began investigating a series of 911 calls in May 2022. The calls all reported crimes and serious emergencies in a specific neighborhood, and were made using a telephone designed only for using 911, which made determining the identity of the caller difficult.

Officers investigated the calls for several months, before their lead suspect in the case moved out of the neighborhood and could no longer be located, WJRT reported.

On Aug. 17, another call was made reporting a bomb threat and threatening to kill the occupants of a home. The next day, a second bomb threat was made to a neighboring house. In the news release, police said that responding officers found indications the home may have been broken into, prompting them to evacuate the area and bring the bomb squad in to search the home. No device was found.

In the news release, officers said that when another bomb threat came in on Aug. 20, investigators were able to determine the caller was still at the location, despite the initial suspect in the case being in another county.

Officers interviewed Robert Edward Nelson Jr., the homeowner who was initially believed to be the victim of the threats. In the news release, officers said that Nelson admitted to making the threats to falsely implicate the initial suspect because of previous issues the two had.

“These threats terrorized a community and expended thousands of dollars in law enforcement resources and diverted hundreds of hours of investigative work,” Holly Police Chief Jerry Nash said in a statement.

Nelson was charged with three counts of false report or threat of terrorism, each with a potential sentence of 20 years, The Detroit News reported.