El Paso police report that a false 911 emergency call caused the recent UTEP lockdown on Wednesday last week.

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El Paso Police report that on Thursday at 6:23 A.M., an unknown male made a false 911 emergency call which promoted the University to go under lockdown.  

Someone is in big trouble after calling 911 and making false threats of self-harm, and police are now looking for the person in question.  

Maybe it was a prank, perhaps it wasn't, but last week's call into 911 has turned out suspicious, and El Paso Police are now saying that the emergency call was fake.  

According to a press release by the El Paso Police Department, the unknown caller threatened to harm himself, which initiated an "emergency response" by authorities.  

During the conversation with 911, the caller indicated that he was driving near UTEP, and police made various efforts to try and locate the distressed caller to intervene. However, El Paso Police nor the University of Texas at El Paso were successful in identifying the caller.  

The El Paso Police Department has determined that the call was fake, and now an investigation is ongoing to find the alleged caller. 

While we don't know for sure what prompted the caller to call 911, we hope that they get the help they need, especially since making a false call to 911 is a criminal offense, but in this case, the crime would be a State Jail Felony.  

Since the case remains open, El Paso Police asks that anyone with information on the person involved in this false 911 call should call Crime Stoppers of El Paso at 566-8477(TIPS). 

If you or anyone you know is thinking about suicide, please reach out and talk to someone. The suicide prevention lifeline is available 24/7 across the United States. Just call toll-free at 1800-273-8255.

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