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.
Sen. Charles Schumer is introducing legislation to deter “swatting,” a new crime trend that’s costing law enforcement thousands of dollars.
Assemblyman Paul Moriarty was sitting in his Gloucester County home Saturday afternoon when he suddenly got a call from police.
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.
Police had guns drawn and officers were in full protective gear, but they said no one was home.
Police responding to a report of a hostage in Upper Freehold Township discovered it was a hoax.
A massive police presence in Clifton, New Jersey, Saturday night was sparked by a hoax call, authorities confirmed to CBS2.
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.
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.