SARASOTA — Authorities say a Sarasota man about to be pulled over by police tried to lure officers away by making a fake 911 call.
Officers say they were following 28-year-old Charles Armstrong's car Monday to make a traffic stop when they got a 911 call for an armed robbery happening several blocks away. Armstrong's plan seemed to work at first when the officers cut off their chase to answer the call. But then other officers in the area followed him into a parking lot and saw a gun in his car.
Officer's determined that Armstrong was a felon and not allowed to possess a firearm. After Armstrong was arrested, officers say they discovered that the bogus 911 call came from his cell phone.