A disgruntled middle-aged lifelong Williamsburg resident has been found guilty of making phony complaint calls to 911 about the hipster hooligans running amok in his neighborhood. Louis Segna, 53, was found guilty of three counts of falsely reporting an incident, stemming from various 911 calls he made about made-up events near his home at Bedford Avenue and North 7th Street in late 2012. And there's only been on explanation given for his frequent communications with authorities: "He said there are hipsters in the neighborhood. He gave me the impression they were noisier than the population before," said defense attorney William Fowlkes.
Segna allegedly made 403 of these phony calls, describing made-up violent confrontations and explosions around the neighborhood. He claimed a man pulled a knife on him at Spike Hill, he claimed two or three shots were fired at Station restaurant, and he claimed there was an explosion in a nearby subway tunnel (although he claimed not to know which subway he lived near). He would tell the dispatcher he was using a borrowed phones (he told the operator in one call he "didn't own a phone") and wouldn't give his name (except when he gave a fake name).
You can hear some of the calls below.
Segna will be sentenced on Sept. 5th; he faces up to seven years in prison. Although the most appropriate punishment might be to lock him into a ten-year lease in an apartment in the middle of Jefftown.