(CBS Connecticut) — A Long Island teenager is chaged with the increasingly common practice known as “swatting,” in which fake distress calls are placed to first-responders, disguising the phone number to make it appear as if it is coming from the home of the purported victim. Because it can result in assignment of a SWAT team (Special Weapons And Tactics) the practice has come to be known as “swatting.”
Madison police were called to three separate incidents between January 5 and January 23rd, in which it was reported that a violent crime was being committed.
Police say they issued search and seizure warrants for telephone and internet records, and determined that the source of the call was a juvenile on Long Island. The juvenile is charged with three counts of falsely reporting an incident and three counts of harassment.
Authorities warn that swatting, sometimes conducted as a prank, sometimes for revenge, is dangerous, and puts both police and the public in danger.