OH2: 911 caller whose number is recorded isn’t really anonymous

911 caller whose number was recorded wasn’t truly anonymous, and the information was detailed and first hand. Even if anonymous, it was still reliable enough. State v. Gregory, 2019-Ohio-3000, 2019 Ohio App. LEXIS 3093 (2d Dist. July 26, 2019):

[*P33] Applying these principles here, the police had the caller’s cell phone number, which means that she was not truly anonymous. Moreover, unlike the callers in English and Ramsey, the caller actually observed a crime being committed and gave the police details about the crime and the participants. The trial court stressed that the recent nature of the event and the caller’s “first-hand knowledge of the event militates in favor of reliability.” Doc. #26 at p. 7. We agree.

[*P34] Furthermore, even if we assume that the tip was anonymous, it was still reliable, and the officers had reasonable suspicion to stop the van. In this regard, Gregory argues that the officers lacked reasonable suspicion because the only reason for stopping the van was that it was white and in the vicinity. Gregory notes that the officers did not observe any criminal activity or traffic violations. They also could not see an occupant in the van wearing the described clothes until after the van was stopped and the door was opened.

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