Police Respond To 'Swatting' Prank Call In Upper Uwchlan Townshi - New York News

Police Respond To 'Swatting' Prank Call In Upper Uwchlan Township

Posted: Updated:
Uwchlan Township Police say they responded to a 'swatting' prank phone call on Monday, which led to a neighborhood lockdown.

"It's kind of a pretty nice neighborhood, so when you hear that stuff going on you're kind of a little taken aback," said resident Dwayne Moseley.

Caught off guard, before a morning walk, Dwayne Moseley found himself on lockdown early Monday morning, along with the rest of his neighbors in the quiet hills of Upper Uwchlan Township.

“There was a good number of people you, obviously the neighborhood was a little abuzz this morning," said Moseley.

SWAT teams had just swarmed a house on the 700 block of North Reeds after a call believed to be from the homeowner saying he just killed his wife and grandson inside, and warned officers not to respond.

"You're afraid you've got someone who was already killed people and has a gun and is looking to get into a shootout with police," said Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan.

The Chester County DA says the call was bogus, and did not come from the homeowner.

Investigators say it’s part of game known as "swatting" where pranksters try to lure police to potentially violent scenes.

However, SWAT members did not know this was a prank at the time, and even drew weapons on a woman who lived at the house, and happened to be walking her dog.

"Obviously, she was very frightened to all the sudden be confronted by armed men out in the middle of the neighborhood, but to her credit she dealt with it professionally," said Hogan.

"Swatting" is now infamous with celebrities like Ashton Kutcher, Miley Cyrus and Simon Cowell all being targeted at some point.

The DA says there's nothing funny about it, and it could cost someone their life.

 "Swatting, there shouldn't be any doubt, this is incredibly foolish, incredibly dangerous and illegal," said Hogan.

Investigators say they know who they are looking for, and the call came from a Skype account.
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Palestinian banner unfurled on Manhattan Bridge

    Palestinian banner unfurled on Manhattan Bridge

    Thursday, August 21 2014 7:14 AM EDT2014-08-21 11:14:27 GMT
    Pro-Palestinian activists marching along the Brooklyn Bridge got an eyeful when a giant flag banner in Palestinian colors was unfurled on the nearby Manhattan Bridge. The flag had the words "Boycott, Divest, Sanction" and was lowered from a part of the bridge near the Manhattan side Wednesday evening. Activists on the Brooklyn Bridge met its appearance with cheers.
    Pro-Palestinian activists marching along the Brooklyn Bridge got an eyeful when a giant flag banner in Palestinian colors was unfurled on the nearby Manhattan Bridge. The flag had the words "Boycott, Divest, Sanction" and was lowered from a part of the bridge near the Manhattan side Wednesday evening. Activists on the Brooklyn Bridge met its appearance with cheers.
  • Man punched in face in knockout assault

    Man punched in face in knockout assault

    Thursday, August 21 2014 6:55 AM EDT2014-08-21 10:55:16 GMT
    The so-called 'knockout game' where a person punches another unsuspecting person has made its way to Hackensack, New Jersey. Police say one assailant attacked three people all in the same day. Surveillance video shows the athletically built suspect punch a man in the face and stroll away. The man fell to the ground. Two other assaults took place within less than 15 minutes in the areas of Essex Street, Summit Avenue and Beech Street on Monday night.
    The so-called 'knockout game' where a person punches another unsuspecting person has made its way to Hackensack, New Jersey. Police say one assailant attacked three people all in the same day. Surveillance video shows the athletically built suspect punch a man in the face and stroll away. The man fell to the ground. Two other assaults took place within less than 15 minutes in the areas of Essex Street, Summit Avenue and Beech Street on Monday night.
  • Atlantic City police get body cameras

    Atlantic City police get body cameras

    Thursday, August 21 2014 6:36 AM EDT2014-08-21 10:36:31 GMT
    Atlantic City police officers have started wearing body cameras. About five officers a shift will be equipped with the devices, which record video and audio after an officer activates the device. The video is uploaded after the officer's shift ends.
    Atlantic City police officers have started wearing body cameras. About five officers a shift will be equipped with the devices, which record video and audio after an officer activates the device. The video is uploaded after the officer's shift ends.

Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices