Pittsburgh police have a mystery on their hands. Over the last five weeks, cops have responded to 27 urgent 911 calls they say appear to be coming from inside the home of A.J. Richardson, a former candidate for the mayor of Pittsburgh.
Richardson insists the calls aren’t coming from his house, according to CBS affiliate KDKA2. By law the police can not ignore the 911 calls. A constant police presence outside the home at 3056 Bergman St. has become a normal occurrence to Richardson’s neighbors.
Richardson lives in the home with his wife, Felicia Richardson, and their 2 children. 911 dispatchers say the last call placed from the home sounded like a woman and a young child in distress.
When police arrived, Richardson refused to let police inside the home without a warrant. “We understand that you have a job to do,” he said.
About an hour later, over a dozen officers returned to the house with a warrant and swarmed into the residence. They found nothing.
“There is no other female in this home except for me and I’m not being detained; not being strangled; not being beaten; not being held at gunpoint; not being assaulted at all,” said Felicia. “And my children are not calling 911 saying that they are in distress, missing, or whatever,” she added.
Felicia said her telephone service provider investigated the calls and they came up with nothing.
It’s wearing and tearing on me and my family mentally, spiritually and emotionally,” said A.J. Richardson.
A police spokeswoman told KDKA News that the bureau is investigating its options. She reiterated that the 911 calls can not be ignored. KDKA reports that the Allegheny district attorney’s office is also in on the investigation.