Man accused of being 911 prankster who claimed Viagra overdose

Homeowner recognized the prankster's voice

FORT LAUDERDALE. Fla. - A 28-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly placing three phone calls to 911 in which he claimed he overdosed on Viagra, the Broward Sheriff's Office said Monday.

When the prank caller made the calls on Jan. 16, he used a cell phone and wasn't at the Oakland Park home where he claimed to be. But deputies played back the 911 calls to the homeowner, who recognized the caller's voice, the Sheriff's Office said.

The suspect, Matthew Wade Douglas Jr., is the ex-boyfriend of the homeowner's daughter and used to reside with the family. Douglas was charged with misusing the 911 system and making an obscene or harassing telephone call, the Sheriff's Office said.

According to the Sheriff's Office:

On Jan. 16, Douglas used a cell phone to place three obscene phone calls to 911. He gave dispatchers a false name and said he needed medical help because he took too many Viagra pills.

During the calls, he explicitly described the effect the pills were having on him, claiming his wife was trying to help him by performing a sex act on him.

Douglas said he was at the home, in the 3000 block of Northwest 28th Lane. But when deputies and paramedics arrived at the house, its occupants said no such call was made from there.

Dispatchers received two additional 911 calls from the same caller. Emergency responders visited the home a second time, and those at the home again said they weren't responsible for the calls.

A few weeks later, detectives returned to the house with recordings of the 911 calls and the homeowner identified Douglas. Deputies determined Douglas wasn't married, but didn't immediately find him because he had no listed current address.

On Feb. 24, deputies learned Douglas was jailed on unrelated charges of disorderly conduct and violating a municipal ordinance for having an open container. He then was additionally charged in connection with the hoax emergency calls.

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