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'Swatting' call leads to possible charges for Grant County teen

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GRANT COUNTY (WKOW) -- Grant County sheriff's deputies responded to what was later determined to be a prank 911 call Friday, only to find no one home.

After investigating, a teen may face charges for the call, commonly called "Swatting" where the hoax call leads to a large number of armed police to a particular address.

Grant County Sheriff's Office received the 911 phone call about 1:45 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23, 2019, from a phone number in the Bloomington area, with the caller advising there were two men in the house with guns and were wearing black masks at a residence on 5th Street in the village of Bloomington, according to a Grant County Sheriff's Office news release.

The phone call was then lost and the Grant County Communications Center was unable to reconnect to the caller, and multiple law enforcement agencies responded to the address.

They arrived on scene and set up a perimeter while dispatchers contacted neighbors.

After checking with the tenant at the home in question, police were informed no one was at the residence and everyone was out of town.

It was at this time that law enforcement suspected this to be a hoax.

Several officers and deputies went into the residence to clear it and nothing was located.

During the investigation it was determined that the caller's phone number came from another residence across town.

Two deputies went to the residence and spoke to a 14 year old male juvenile.

After some questioning, the juvenile admitted that he did place the call and that he was bored.

Deputies noticed a police scanner in the residence which indicated he was probably listening to the response to the scene.

This matter was determined to be a hoax and charges will be referred on this juvenile subject.

Assisting at the scene was the Crawford County Sheriff's Office, Boscobel Police Dept, Fennimore Police Dept, Lancaster Police Dept, Cassville Police Dept. and the West Grant Rescue Squad.

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