January 21st, 2013
The Kardashian family became the latest victims of “swatting” yesterday when heavily armed police officers showed up the home of Bruce and Kris Jenner in Calabasas, California, after a caller claimed a shooter was in the house and they heard a gun being fired.
After hearing about the incident, Kim Kardashian, who is currently in the Ivory Coast, Africa, blasted the prank caller on her Twitter page, saying “Just got a call from my mom telling me about this prank call that someone was shot in their home and 15 swat team & 3 helicopters showed up! These prank calls are NOT funny. People can get arrested for this! I hope they find out how is behind this. It’s dangerous & not a joke!”
The Kardashian family aren’t the first celebrity victims of such a hoax. Police were called to Tom Cruise’s Beverly Hills home on Thursday by a prank caller who claimed an armed robbery was taking place, but once on the scene, police found that no crime had been committed. A 12-year-old child also previously targeted Ashton Kutcher and Justin Bieber’s homes in a series of elaborate prank burglaries.
Police were also called to Simon Cowell’s home in November in what was the latest in a string of celebrity swattings last year, which is defined as a deliberate attempt to trick an emergency service into dispatching a response team. Officers were also called to Miley Cyrus’ home in August after a caller claimed her home had been broken in to, but when they arrived at the scene, police found the house empty.