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April fool! Kansas woman plays ‘not funny’ prank on daughter, ends up arrested, police say

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Apr. 2 2021, Updated 11:12 a.m. ET

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Nobody was laughing after a Kansas woman played an April Fool’s Day prank that went really wrong.

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On April 1, Arnthia Willis, 58, allegedly called up her daughter from work and told her she had been shot, KWCH reported.

Around 8:30 a.m., the concerned daughter called 911, and dispatchers sent emergency responders scrambling.

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“Multiple police units, probably between 15-20 officers from the Wichita Police Department as well as fire department and EMS responded to the scene,” Wichita police Lt. Ronald Hunt said, according to ABC News.

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Officers blocked off streets, surrounded Willis’ house, and broke down the door when they were unable to make contact with anyone inside, police said.

They quickly discovered nobody was home.

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After further investigation, police learned Willis’ claim were meant to be a joke. She was later located in Derby, a Wichita suburb, and arrested.

Willis faces a charge of “unlawful request for emergency service assistance,” police said.

“April Fools’ can be a good, funny little joke in some circumstances,” Lt. Hunt said, but he noted when it involves emergency responders “it’s not funny anymore.”


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