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Archive for Wednesday, December 6, 2000

DJ’s prank crossed line, say police

Radio personality Randy Miller criticized, charged

December 6, 2000

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— A radio disc jockey and a producer have been charged with a misdemeanor for their part in a prank that scared some people and irritated law enforcement officers.

Disc jockey Randy Miller and producer David DiMarco of KBEQ were charged Monday with making a false report.

On Oct. 11, police received 11 phone calls from people about two men who were handcuffed together and wearing "prison-type jumpsuits." The men were knocking on doors in south Kansas City and asking for a hacksaw.

Several police officers responded to the area. DiMarco and Edgar Sanchez, 46, were arrested. DiMarco, 34, of Lee's Summit, told police he was from a radio station and mentioned Miller, 41.

Sanchez was given a city summons.

"It was an incredibly stupid stunt that caused a lot of problems," said Kansas City, Mo., Police Sgt. Larry Gilmer. "We had 911 calls coming in like crazy, and every policeman in South Patrol was out there looking for these guys."

Gilmer said police had to delay responding to an accident because of the manhunt.

Making a false report is a misdemeanor charge that carries a penalty of up to six months in county jail and a $500 fine.

No court date has been scheduled.

Neither Miller nor DiMarco returned a call to the station Tuesday from The Associated Press.

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