_News Talk 770
The Calgary Police vice unit has charged 2 people following an 11 month investigation into fictitious 9-1-1 calls. In the calls, allegedly distraught women claimed they were being held against their will at either gunpoint or knife point. Police alleged two individual were responsible for the calls in an attempt to disrupt competition in the escort businesses. It's also alleged the two were forcing escorts to work for them by calling or threating to call police if they didn't. Wen Zhan Li, 29, of Ontario is charged with two counts of extortion and four counts of public mischief. He appears in court in Calgary today. Canada-wide warrants have been issued on the same charges for Rong Zhang, 37. Staff Sergeant Robert Rutledge says it's concerning because they are using up valuable resources in what appears to be an effort for personal gain by the two accused. He adds the pair was responsible for 51 fictitious 9-1-1 calls in the last 11 months.
Photo of Rong Zhang, 37, courtesy of the Calgary Police Service