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NYC man nabbed for making fake 911 calls

NEW YORK - A family in New York City is expressing relief after the arrest of a neighbor accused of making more than 150 fake 911 calls using their address.

The calls went on for nearly two years. Many were in the middle of the night. The claims included fake fires and gunshots.

In recent months, emergency responders had sometimes gone to the Manhattan home twice a day.

Victim Mamadou Sy tells the New York Daily News that it shouldn't happen to anyone.

Fire marshals charged 30-year old Jesus Leon Jr. with numerous counts of falsely reporting an incident and reckless endangerment. He lives below the Sy's apartment. Both residents Mamadou and Assetou Sy claim they never met Leon Jr.

Leon Jr's mother, Alejandra Cordero, says he has medical issues and was frustrated by a leak he blamed on the neighbors.

However, neighbors told police that Leon Jr. and his mother have been problem residents. One tenant said that she had similar false 911 calls made about her residence.

Although they're glad the ordeal is over, the victims say they still might move.