Swatting

SWAT teams respond to the Islamic Center of Passaic County on July 2, 2015. (credit: Glenn Schuck/1010 WINS)

New Jersey Mosque Evacuated In Apparent ‘Swatting’ Incident

There were some tense moments Thursday morning after a mosque in Paterson was evacuated following a threat was called in to police.

07/02/2015

Police responded to an apparent 'swatting' hoax in Bergenfield, NJ. (Credit: CBS2)

Seen At 11: An Admitted ‘Swatting’ Hoaxer Talks About His Actions

A Connecticut man faces five years in prison for swatting two high schools. It has also happened in New Jersey and the UConn campus in Storrs.

06/25/2015

FILE -- Law enforcement teams respond to a hoax 911 call in Long Beach, Long Island, in April 2014. (credit: CBS2)

Federal Bills By New York Lawmakers Aim To Crack Down On ‘Swatting’

Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., announced Monday that he is submitting legislation to create stiffer penalties for swatting.

04/27/2015

Police responded to an apparent 'swatting' hoax in Bergenfield, NJ. (Credit: CBS2)

Authorities: Bergenfield Hostage Hoax Appears To Be ‘Swatting’ Incident

Investigators say anonymous call reporting that two people were being held hostage in a northern New Jersey dry cleaning business and had bombs strapped to them turned out to be a hoax.

04/26/2015

Police respond to a 911 hoax at a home on Laurelton Boulevard in Long Beach, Long Island, on April 22, 2014. (credit: CBS 2)

‘Swatting’ Call Triggers Huge Police Response In Long Beach, Long Island

Police sent a swat team to a Long Island home after receiving a call about a possible hostage situation that turned out to be a hoax.

04/22/2015

Police investigating a possible case of "swatting" in Eastchester, New York on April 4, 2015. (Credit: CBS2)

Sen. Schumer Proposing Tougher ‘Swatting’ Penalties

Sen. Charles Schumer is introducing legislation to deter “swatting,” a new crime trend that’s costing law enforcement thousands of dollars.

04/20/2015

Assemblyman Paul Moriarty (credit: njleg.state.nj.us)

NJ Lawmaker Pushing For Stiffer ‘Swatting’ Penalties Becomes Target Of Hoax

Assemblyman Paul Moriarty was sitting in his Gloucester County home Saturday afternoon when he suddenly got a call from police.

04/14/2015

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NJ Lawmakers Look To Get Tough On ‘Swatting’

Under one bill, anyone busted for making a hoax call to 911 would be liable for the the cost incurred by police and first responders, said Assemblywoman Annette Quijano, D-Union.

04/09/2015

Police are investigating a possible case of "swatting" in Eastchester, New York (Credit: CBS2)

Police Investigating If Report Of Hostage Situation In Eastchester Was Case Of ‘Swatting’

Police had guns drawn and officers were in full protective gear, but they said no one was home.

04/04/2015

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Another ‘Swatting’ Hoax Called Into Upper Freehold Township Police

Police responding to a report of a hostage in Upper Freehold Township discovered it was a hoax.

04/03/2015

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Authorities: Call Reporting Hostage Situation In Clifton, N.J., Was A Hoax

A massive police presence in Clifton, New Jersey, Saturday night was sparked by a hoax call, authorities confirmed to CBS2.

03/28/2015

Police respond to a 911 hoax at a home on Laurelton Boulevard in Long Beach, Long Island, on April 22, 2014. (credit: CBS 2)

FBI Joining Probe Of Long Island ‘Swatting’ Hoax Call

Long Beach Police Commissioner Michael Tangney said more than 60 heavily armed officers went to a home Tuesday after they had received a fake call that someone killed his mother and brother there.

04/23/2014

Police respond to a 911 hoax at a home on Laurelton Boulevard in Long Beach, Long Island, on April 22, 2014. (credit: CBS 2)

Cops: ‘Swatting’ 911 Prank Leads To Massive Police Response In Long Beach

It turned out the 911 call police were responding to was a hoax and part of a game called “Swatting” that law enforcement officials say has become a nationwide epidemic.

04/22/2014