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February 18, 2014

False reports lead to discovery of Modesto pot garden

After receiving four bizarre and false emergency reports during a 16-hour period, police searched a west Modesto home and found an indoor marijuana garden. Police arrested the home’s resident, whom they believe was behind the phone calls.

After receiving four bizarre and false emergency reports during a 16-hour period, police searched a west Modesto home and found an indoor marijuana garden.

Victor Jasinsky, 47, began calling 911 at 3:42 a.m. Monday from his home in the 2000 block of Boulder Creek Drive, said Modesto police spokeswoman Heather Graves.

He first reported that a house in his neighborhood was on fire and people inside were burning, Graves said. Fire crews and other emergency medical personnel responded but found no fire.

Six hours later, Jasinsky called police to say he thought intruders were in his home, on his roof and in his backyard. The next call was from Jasinsky’s neighbor, who called on his behalf to say two women were being held hostage at Jasinsky’s house by two unknown men.

The last call to 911 came from Jasinsky about 7:45 p.m., when he reported that a man had been shot and was receiving CPR from two other men in front of his house, Graves said.

Police, firefighters and an ambulance, or some combination of the three, responded to every call made or prompted by Jasinsky.

On the last call, officers searched Jasinsky’s home and found a small marijuana garden inside, Graves said.

He was arrested on suspicion of cultivating marijuana and filing false reports.

Graves said officers believe Jasinsky was under the influence of drugs or alcohol and might have even hallucinated some of the incidents he called to report.

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