He was the one who called 911 before his latest arrest: 5 times with threats, deputies say

He was the one who called 911 before his latest arrest: 5 times with threats, deputies say

(As originally published with additional photos, Wed, April 3rd 2024 at 5:05 PM)

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (TND) — A man who’d been to jail more than half a dozen times made a return trip when he called 911 repeatedly, but never reported an emergency, authorities in Florida said.

Michael Andrew Minnucci is accused of making five threatening calls in 15 minutes — screaming — just before his arrest last Tuesday evening, March 26.

A Charlotte County deputy went to Minnucci’s apartment one minute after the first call, according to Minnucci’s arrest report.

Call # 1 occurred at 1824 hours; Michael made several threats toward the operator stating, “I’m going to light you on fire because I’m a cop b***h” and “I’m going to kill you if you come near me.”

Then, two minutes later:

Call # 2 occurred at 1826 hours; Michael mentioned several CCSO supervisors’ names, saying, “I want them beheaded” You are dead if you come near me,” and “This is not a threat. It’s a fact.”

The third and fourth mentioned the county’s sheriff by name.

Call # 3 occurred at 1836 hours; Michael stated, “I want Bill Prummell executed for fondling me.”

Call # 4 occurred at 1838 hours; Michael said, “I am going to commit arson on Bill Prummell.”

And finally:

Call # 5 occurred at 1840 hours; Michael continued to be belligerent toward the operator, stating, “Are you afraid to shoot me, arrest me, or execute me.”

Those were just the last calls of the day.

He was the one who called 911 before his latest arrest: 5 times with threats, deputies say
Michael Andrew Minnucci had been charged with crimes such as giving false ID to a law enforcement officer, battery, and trespassing in (clockwise from top left) 2019, twice in 2021, twice in 2022, twice in 2023, and March 26, 2024. (Charlotte Co. Sheriff’s Office)

“I was informed that Michael A. Minnucci had called 911 several times throughout the day and was calling once again,” the deputy wrote.

“Every call,” the arrest report explained, “the operator reiterated to Michael that he was calling into the life-and-death emergency phone line, which he was unwilling to hear.

“The operator also attempted many times to inform Michael about using the non-emergency line and gave the number while he continued to yell.”

Being a familiar face — and voice — didn’t help Minnucci’s case.

“When listening to the 911 recorded phone calls, I recognized Michael’s voice from my many interactions with him, from working the road and the jail,” the deputy wrote. “I confirmed I was speaking to Michael, and he denied ever making any phone calls.

“It is to be noted that Michael’s phone number is well known, and in our system due to past incidents of his misuse of 911 and interactions.

“After receiving the many 911 phone calls from Michael, dispatch was able to pinpoint his exact location, where I subsequently made contact with him.

“Michael did utter that he indeed did call 911, but he only was calling to inquire about legal advice.”

Minnucci, 52, was charged with misuse of the 911 or E911 system.

His previous arrests were mostly for giving false ID to a law enforcement officer, battery, and trespassing.

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