According to reports, Miley Cyrus has been swatted again. For the second time, police and SWAT units from the city of Los Angeles were sent to Cyrus’ home. This weekend’s swatting incident marks the second for the pop sensation.
A 911 call came in around 8:55 p.m. on Friday, from a female caller who said she was locked in a closet inside the house and that shots had been fired.
Upon arrival, officers determined that the call was fraudulently made. Cyrus who was first “swatted” last August, joins with other celebrities in which a prank call was made to law enforcement, detailing of some false emergency incident. Other celebrities who have been swatted include: Tom Cruise, Justin Bieber and Ashton Kutcher.
Officials warn of the dangers of “swatting”, a term that is now given to fake 911 calls made to the homes of celebrities and famous entertainers. Authorities say that persons who make the fake calls drain resources and tie up law enforcement officials who would otherwise be involved in reputable activities as they work to ensure the safety of communities. In fact, officials further warn that if swatting does not cease, someone is bound to get seriously injured during one of these pranks.
In the case of Kutcher’s home been swatted, a 12-year-old boy admitted to swatting the “Two and a Half Men” star’s residence last December. The identity of the prankster who is reportedly from Riverside County, was not divulged due to his minor age.
Nevertheless, the pre-teen was charged in a petition in a juvenile court. Not only does he face felony charges of making a false bomb threat and computer intrusion involving Kutcher’s home, he is accused of placing fake distressed calls that lured SWAT team members to Bieber’s house and a Wells Fargo bank branch in Los Angeles in two separate incidents.
So once and for all… can we swat all of this swatting? It’s just not cool.
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