Men ask 911 on date

By Abby Morris
Star Staff
amorris@starhq.com
Two county residents were arrested Sunday afternoon after placing harassing telephone calls to Carter County 911 Communications Center dispatchers asking them out on dates.
Carter County Police Department officers arrested Rigoberto Mendez Cruz, 33, and Candido Mendez Cruz, 26, both of 127 Emerald Point, and charged them with telephone harassment.
According to police reports by CCSD Sgt. Tim Lowe and Deputy Kenny Cornett, 911 dispatchers told police that, in a span of approximately 30 minutes, Rigoberto Cruz and Candido Cruz had placed 15 to 20 telephone calls to the dispatchers asking them for dates.
When police arrived at the address, the two men were intoxicated and had limited English speaking skills.
Police called 911 to confirm the telephone number at the residence on Emerald Point was the same number used to make the calls. The two men were arrested after police received confirmation.
"The calls were made in an offensively repetitious manner for no legitimate purpose," the police report said. "Both Candido and Rigoberto were then arrested for telephone harassment with the belief that unless action was taken the calls would continue."
Candido Cruz was also served an outstanding capias charging him with failure to appear in court.