Polk County 911 dispatchers were taken by surprise when an intruder entered the building late Saturday evening.
Polk County police were requested to respond in emergency mode after a male subject wearing camoflauge clothing and a black trench coat was discovered in the Polk County 911 call center break room.
Polk County 911 dispatchers reported the male as a suspicious person that entered the 911 call center and they were unaware of how the subject gained entry into the building.
The intruder stated that he was upset because police did not respond in a timely manner when he requested them earlier. This incident occured during the time that Polk County 911 dispatchers as well as police were busy working a murder case in Aragon.
The female employees went into the radio room and locked themselves in while Clarence Gibson, a male employee dealt with the intruder.
Police were requested to respond in emergency mode after an employee thought that they saw a knife on his person, however he made no threats with the knife, nor did he ever pull a knife out. In situations such as this, you never know what to expect and every precaution must be taken to ensure the safety of the employees.
Gary Coggins, age 23, of Cedartown was arrested and charged with loitering. Coggins was released the same day on a property bond in the amount of $1100.00. Polk County 911 was notified of his release.
According to Mr. Coggins, no harm was intended. He had called 911 requesting to talk with a police officer in reference to a personal matter. He was informed that the police would either respond to his location or give him a call back.
Coggins said that he waited approximately 45 minutes and called 911 the second time. He was advised that the police were on their way. After waiting a little while longer, Coggins became impatient and decided to walk to the police station.
Coggins states that he did pass a couple of police units while he was walking to the station.
The following account is provided by Mr. Gary Coggins:
I ended up at Polk County Police Department which was closed so I kept walking. I Walked to the Polk County Sheriffs department where I figured out they were closed. I then walked down to the Police Department downstairs which is closed on weekends. I read that on the door. I then walked to the 911 call center. Keep in mind from the time I left my house I was wearing a black trench coat.
I mashed the call button beside the door to talk to the 911 operators but it only rung 2 times, the door unlocked and I opened the door. I walked in and set down in the breakroom. A woman walked out of the bathroom and looked at me like I was insane. The person that buzzed me in mistook me for her. Honest Mistake.
When they realized what had happened they called the cops in. They surrounded the building and opened the door. I was happy to see the cops but scared I was bout to die. They told me to stand up and put my hands on the wall. I did as instructed because I didn’t wanna die. I was asked for my ID from a guy I knew from high school. I told him it was in my back pocket. He got it and ran me for warrants. It came back clean. They then cuffed me and charged me with criminal trespassing, which was later lowered to “loitering and/or prowling.
Coggins says the moral of the story is to wait on the police when they say their coming. They will get there eventually.
Never enter 911 even if they open the door for you.
Arrest reports for Polk County, Georgia do not reflect the guilt or innocence of the individuals listed. All parties are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Not every arrest/charge leads to a conviction. A conviction or acquittal is determined by the court system.
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