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Posted on: October 18, 2018

[ARCHIVED] Man Arrested for Threatening/Harassment of 911 Operator

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Man Arrested for Threatening/Harassment of 911 Operator

Spokane Valley Deputies arrested a male suspect Tuesday morning after he made repeated calls to 911, where he was highly agitated and abusive, stating he was dangerous, becoming a terrorist and made threats to kill the 911 operator as well as harm others at the 911 (Combined Communications Building-CCB) Center and their families.    


This incident began when the suspect, identified as 27-year-old Christian D. Greenwald, called 911 and refused to provide information or answer questions as he cursed and yelled about suing the government and mental health entities.

During the calls, Greenwald said he would find the “3rd party dispatch” center and hurt them for not helping him.  When the 911 operator attempted to confirm his location, which was determined to be at a business on N. Sullivan, Greenwald threatened he would find the operator, come for her, and he would kill her.  Greenwald also said a lot of people in dispatch will lose their families, he mentioned the Freeman High School shooting, becoming a terrorist, and he was dangerous and going to hurt someone.  

Deputy Michael Vicini contacted the 911 operator by phone and was told she was extremely concerned and felt this threat was credible because she often frequents the business Greenwald was calling from. In addition, with Greenwald’s volatility over the phone, she believes he is capable of hurting her and carrying out his threat to kill her.

A check of Greenwald’s name, showed several law enforcement contacts for apparent mental health related issues and trespassing. 

Deputies arrived at the business and located Greenwald seated inside, still talking on the phone to 911.  Greenwald agreed to exit the business and speak with the Deputies.  He became increasingly agitated while he explained he was just trying to report criminal activity.  He appeared unfocused, talking about Uber, being hacked, and private investigators following him and others.  When asked about the threats he made, Greenwald said, “It wasn’t credible.”  He continued to ask for a “white collar crime detective” because he wasn’t being helped, while he continued to insist big corporations were out to get him which caused him to lose his house and car.

Greenwald placed over 20 separate calls to 911 where he made these statements and threats.  Deputies arrested Greenwald and booked him into the Spokane County Jail for felony Harassment.  He was released on his own recognizance the following day after his court appearance.    

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