A list of the most recent victims of a weird new prank phenom: celebrity swatting, in which 911 calls are made to get police to send a SWAT team a celeb’s home. Earlier this month LA police declared a blackout on reporting such calls, which we though meant the end of swatting. We were wrong.
Last month, a 12-year-old boy admitted to “swatting” the Los Angeles homes of Justin Bieber and Ashton Kutcher – his prank calls sent heavily-armed swat teams to the stars’ homes on false alarm. To combat copycats, the LAPD will no longer publicize these pranks.
Remember a more innocent age where kids would prank people by ordering unwanted pizzas to their door? Today’s equivalent is a lot more dangerous: “Swatting” — fake 911 calls that send SWAT teams on false alarms to the homes of celebrities.
On October 10, an LAPD swat team was called out to mansion in Calabasas to subdue a gunman who allegedly fired a gun several times, threatening the residents’ lives. The police swarmed the home to find nothing. The home’s owner, Justin Bieber, was out on tour. The incident was a hoax now commonly known as “swatting”.