The Ottumwa Courier

Southeast Iowa

May 29, 2014

Man, afraid of his mother, calls the police

KNOXVILLE — Michael Heck of Knoxville has been charged with making a false report to law enforcement, after allegedly calling the police Wednesday night. 

According to Police Chief Dan Losada, officers were called to Heck's home on West Jackson before 8 p.m. Heck allegedly told police they wanted them to arrest him for manufacturing methamphetamine. 

Approximately six Knoxville Police officers and Marion County Sheriff's Deputies responded to the home for a search. No methamphetamine or evidence of the drug's manufacture were found. When officers asked Heck about this, he allegedly told them that he wanted to be arrested because his mother was going to be mad at him. 

His alleged request to be taken to jail was obliged, when officers charged him with making a false report. 

Reports have surfaced on social media that the officers had their weapons drawn while responding to the call. Losada said "It would not surprise (him)" if that was true, as the officers and deputies thought they were responding to a home where drugs were present. That can be a dangerous situation and law enforcement is always encouraged to take appropriate safety precautions.

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