Tyler Police Release False 911 Call

The day after a false bank robbery call, Tyler police release the conversation between the caller and dispatch. The call came in just before 3:00 p.m. yesterday.  The caller gave a detailed description of a robbery and shooting at an Austin Bank branch in Tyler. When police arrived they learned the caller had lied. The call came in by cell phone. Police tracked down its owner, but she said her cell phone was lost or stolen while she was visiting Tyler. Now police need help identifying the caller.  Here is part of the conversation.

Dispatch: Tyler 911, what's your emergency? Police, fire or ambulence?

Caller: I need police over here real bad.

Dispatch: Where at sir?

Caller: At Austin Bank off, by the hospital. There is a bank robber in the bank, and he's already shot one guy.

Dispatch: At Austin Bank. Do you know the address there?

Caller: No, ma'am, but it's across from the hospital though by Church's Chicken.

Dispatch: Ok, by the Church's Chicken.

Caller: Yes, ma'am.

Dispatch: How many people have been shot?

Caller: Just one.

Dispatch: Ok.

Caller: All that I know, but he's inside right now.

The caller then tells dispatch his name is Jason and describes the robber as tall, wearing a ski mask and black t-shirt. If you have any information call Tyler police.

Molly Reuter, reporting. mreuter@kltv.com