Man tried to trick deputies with prank phone call when they came for him

Posted 2/12/20

Robert L. Kavanagh, Robertsville, had active warrants for multiple probation violations. These originated from charges of first degree domestic assault, first degree stalking, felony leaving the …

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Man tried to trick deputies with prank phone call when they came for him

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Robert L. Kavanagh, Robertsville, had active warrants for multiple probation violations. These originated from charges of first degree domestic assault, first degree stalking, felony leaving the scene of an accident, two counts of third degree domestic assault, plus drug and paraphernalia charges.

According to Franklin County Sheriff Steve Pelton, Kavanagh also had active warrants for failure to appear for first degree trespassing, property damage and stealing as well as traffic violations.

Pelton says Kavangh has been known to resist arrest and has been arrested 16 times.

On Friday, Feb. 7, detectives obtained information on the whereabouts of Kavanagh. They attempted to serve a search warrant they obtained for Kavanagh’s property. Kavanagh ignored their commands to exit the residence.

The SWAT team responded and attempted communication with Kavanagh via a PA system.

While this was in progress, a 911 call was made reporting a shooting at a nearby convenience store.

The phone number for the 911 call matched the number the detectives knew belonged to Kavanagh.

Eventually, three people exited the residence, one being Kavanagh.  He could face additional charges of filing a false police report and misuse of 911 services.

A 39-year-old male from Washington assisted Kavanagh with the call. Charges of misuse of 911 and filing a false police report are being applied for with the Franklin County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

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