Beverly Hills News
Tom Cruise Becomes Latest Swatting Victim
By Ivetta Babadjanian
Jan 17, 2013 - 8:53:22 PM
BEVERLY HILLS—Actor Tom Cruise has become the latest victim of a recent trend of celebrity swatting on Thursday, January 17.
Tom Cruise. Photo courtesy of Facebook.
Swatting refers to a call being made to the police reporting a fake emergency that would require a SWAT team to be sent out. The call came in at 11:51 a.m. indicating there was an armed intruder at the actor's Beverly Hills home.
Officers arrived at the scene and swarmed Cruise's home only to soon realize that there was no real danger. Beverly Hills police tweeted, "No emergency, everyone safe."
Cruise was not home when officers arrived. Police spoke with Cruise's private security and were informed that the call didn't come from the house. Miley Cyrus, Ashton Kutcher, Justin Bieber and Simon Cowell all have reportedly experienced similar hoax calls.
In December, a 12-year-old boy was arrested for allegedly being responsible for the swatting incidents at the homes of Kutcher, Bieber and local businesses. Reports indicate the boy used a computer program that made it possible for him to make TTY calls used by people who are hearing-impaired.
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