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“Swatting” leads police to fake hostage situation

ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX47) — The emergency response unit was mobilized Saturday night after a bogus 911 call claimed that he shot his mother and hostages were taken.

The call brought more than 20 law enforcement personnel to the 2300 block of of Park Lane Southeast.

The caller claimed that he had taken hostages and would kill them if anyone came on the property.

Rochester Police and Olmsted County Deputies arrived at the mobile home around 9:30 Saturday night and saw there was no activity inside.

Neighbors that were questioned said they hadn’t heard any gunshots.

Just before 11 that night, officers forced entry into the home and found that no one was inside.

A person that had lived there before told police no one was living there at the time.

Investigators believe that the app “TextNow” was used to place the fake 911 call and hide the caller’s IP address.

“Swatting” is a dangerous prank where the caller leads law enforcement to believe a deadly incident is taking place.

Kilat Fitzgerald

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