A North Lawrence man has been accused of repeatedly calling 911 to report a fake shooting, fire and traffic stop over the past three months while twice claiming to be a police officer.

Nassau County police arrested Steven Torres on charges of falsely reporting an incident and criminal impersonation.

Police said the 21-year-old first identified himself as a Nassau cop to a 911 operator when he called to ask for assistance with a traffic stop in Lynbrook on Sept. 18—a report that responding officers quickly termed a hoax.

Two weeks later, on Oct. 3, Torres allegedly called 911 again to report a nonexistent Cedarhurst house fire. And then last Thursday, police said Torres called 911 a third time claiming to be a New York City Police sergeant while falsely reporting a shooting in Inwood.

Torres will be arraigned Wednesday at First District Court in Hempstead.


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Timothy Bolger is the Managing Editor for the Long Island Press who’s been working to uncover unreported stories since shortly after it launched in 2003. When he’s not editing, getting hassled by The Man or fielding cold calls to the newsroom, he covers crime, general interest and political news in addition to reporting longer, sometimes investigative features. He won’t be happy until everyone is as pissed off as he is about how screwed up Lawn Guyland is.