Maybe he was just looking for love. A homeless man in Oregon snuck into a hot tub, called 911 and asked the operator for towels, hot chocolate and a hug. None of Mark Eskelsen’s requests were fulfilled. Instead, he got arrested.
The 45-year-old called 911 from his cell phone on Sunday morning and identified himself as the “sheriff of Washington County,” Beaverton police said. He then asked for medical attention, later admitting that he wasn’t the sheriff. Eskelsen also said he had been in the hot tub for 10 hours and that his towels had gotten soaked. “I just need a hug and a warm cup of hot chocolate with marshmallows in it,” he told the 911 operator. Neighbors also called police complaining that a man was yelling outside. When the dispatcher asked if Eskelsen had a weapon, he said no and that he had “fingers that are so numb they’ve turned into prunes. Even if I did have a gun I don’t think I could hold onto it right now.”
Eskelsen was arrested for trespassing and misusing the 911 system. But when police checked the man’s cell phone, they realized he never called 911 but had been transferred there from 411. Cops said they also found marijuana on Eskelsen and that he seemed to be on drugs during the incident.
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