Central Point woman sentenced for 911 call falsely reporting suicide attempt

A local woman will serve probation and community service after calling 911 to say that her husband was attempting suicide.

Posted: Jan 22, 2020 4:20 PM
Updated: Jan 22, 2020 4:27 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. — A Central Point woman who called 911 to falsely report that her husband was attempting suicide has been sentenced to probation and community service, according to the Jackson County District Attorney's Office.

31-year-old April Goheen called 911 on the afternoon of May 3 last year and told dispatchers that her husband was attempting to commit suicide at their home.

"She told 911 that Mr. Goheen said he 'hopes he bleeds out soon,'" the DA's Office said. "Despite the dispatcher’s request for more information, Ms. Goheen hung up the phone, stating she need to talk to her husband."

For the next half hour, dispatchers tried to get in contact with April Goheen again, but she did not answer calls from dispatch or police officers.

In the meantime, multiple police, fire, and ambulance services began responding — believing that someone was suicidal and "potentially bleeding to death."

"Within three minutes, Central Point Police Officers arrived at the Goheen home," the DA's Office said. "However, three potentially aggressive dogs prevented the officers from entering the home to search for Mr. Goheen."

Blocked by the dogs, Central Point Police requested a "geo-locate" on Mr. Joshua Goheen's phone — prompting dispatch to work with Goheen's phone service provider to find a location for him. They tracked him to Medford, and Medford Police soon began looking for Joshua to conduct a welfare check.

Family of the Goheens then arrived back at the home and secured the dogs so that Central Point Police could search the house. They found no evidence of a suicide attempt.

"As police waited for information from dispatch and strategized how to proceed, Ms. Goheen called the police back. She stated the call was a prank and hung up, again," the DA's Office said.

A continued investigation found that April and Joshua had been texting during the thirty minutes that emergency services had been responding. The content of those texts revealed that the two had been in a domestic dispute, and suicide or "bleeding out" had never been mentioned, the DA's Office said.

Officers who interviewed Joshua Goheen later confirmed that he was not suicidal and had no injuries.

"Mr. Goheen stated he never mentioned 'bleeding out' and that he was 'thoroughly embarrassed' about the ordeal," the DA's Office said.

April Goheen pleaded guilty to Initiating a False Report and Improper Use of an Emergency Reporting System. She was sentenced by Judge Lisa Greif to a year-and-a-half on bench probation and 24 hours of community service. April will also have to pay an amount to be determined in restitution.

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