Crime

Bibb 911 operator charged with hindering apprehension of wanted man

A Macon-Bibb County E-911 Center operator was arrested Monday and accused of interfering with the apprehension of an alleged wanted felon.

Jeremy Ryan Allen, 29, was released from the Bibb County jail about 8:30 p.m. Monday on a $3,700 bond, according to jail records.

Hired May 6, 2013, Allen has been suspended pending a discharge investigation, according to the county’s Human Resources Department.

Allen’s arrest warrant alleges he was on duty Nov. 9 when the E-911 center received a call from a witness who said a wanted felon was at a location on Houston Road.

After the call was received, Allen allegedly called the wanted man using his personal cellphone. He also called the witness from the 911 Center’s “ghost” number to get more information about her to give to the man wanted by the sheriff’s office, according to the warrant.

The witness and her boyfriend have written sworn statements that the man wanted by deputies contacted them, asking who called the police from the witness’s cellphone. The wanted man also allegedly told the couple that his friend, Allen, told him it was a female, according to the warrant.

In a second incident, the wanted man chronicled in a Facebook post Thursday that he’d run from police and Allen was “supposed to pick him up,” according to the warrant.

Authorities have not said why the man was wanted.

To contact writer Amy Leigh Womack, call 744-4398.

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