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Cabot Man Arrested After False 911 Call Asking For Help


William Travis Cox

August 9, at approximately 12:21 am, 911 received a call from a man claiming to be Bradley Thomas. The caller stated there was a 5-year old boy at his residence that had ingested gasoline and was requesting medical assistance.  The caller was unable to give his address, stating he was from Oklahoma and all he knew was that he was in the area of CR 11 and CR12 in the Midway, Arkansas area.

Deputies from the Baxter County Sheriff’s Office, First Responders from the Midway Volunteer Fire Department and ambulance personnel from Baxter Regional Medical Center responded to the area.  Deputies searched the area for about an hour, checking several residences but was unable to locate the caller of the 5-year old victim.

At approximately 1:39 am, the caller called 911 again stating he was at an address of 3426 but was unsure of the road name or number.  Deputy Sheriff Corporal Charles Bost and Deputy Brian Davis went to the address of 3426 CR 11 and found a man standing in the driveway talking on a cell phone.  The man confirmed he was the one who had called 911 and had asked for help. 

After investigating, it was determined that there was not a child at the residence, nor was there ever a child involved. The man stated he only called 911 and referenced the child so they would send someone out to him.  Deputies observed the man had an odor of intoxicants and appeared to be under the influence of something.  Ambulance personnel arrived but the man refused to be treated. 

The man, William Travis Cox was placed under arrest and subsequently was found to be in possession of a controlled substance, Hydrocodone.  William Travis Cox, age 40 of Cabot, Arkansas (formally of Mountain Home) was transported to the Baxter County Detention Center and charged with:

Filing a False Report
Possession of a Controlled Substance

Cox posted a bond of $935.00 pending his appearance in Baxter County District Court of August 30, 2012 at 9 am.

Sheriff John Montgomery