Johns Creek Mayor fuming mad over "SWATTING" hoax

JOHNS CREEK, GA - To say that Johns Creek Mayor Mike Bodker is upset about a hoax SWAT call in the Country Club of the South subdivision Thursday afternoon is an understatement.

"I'm upset; I'm enraged that this occurred," he told 11Alive News on Friday.

Bodker's angry that nearly 45 of his police officers as well as fire and EMS crews rushed to the scene on Carlisle Lane only to find out it was a hoax.

A police report, released Friday, shows that a man called 911 saying he had shot a man, woman and child and was holding another woman hostage in the home for a $30,000 ransom.

But when officers entered the home, they found a nanny and some small children, all unharmed, frightened and clueless.

It's just the latest example of a dangerous hoax sweeping the country called "Swatting".

That's when someone places a fake 911 call to try and draw a police SWAT team to a non-existent crime scene.

The FBI has been tracking similar hoaxes since 2008.

One of the most well known victims was radio talk show host Erick Erickson, whose Bibb County home was surrounded in May of 2012 when a 911 caller who identified himself as Erickson said he'd shot and killed his wife and probably would kill again.

A few months later, Erickson told CNN he and his young son were surprised by armed police in their driveway.

In June of that same year a Douglas County woman related a similar experience to 11 Alive when someone claiming to be her teenage son called 911 to say she was holding her husband at gunpoint.

Police came to her home in the middle of the night with guns drawn, only to find she was alone and unmarried.

The prank or possibly revenge calls are often done through a computer to make them harder to trace.

Johns Creek Police released few details about their investigation Friday, but the city's mayor wants their hoaxer caught.

"I mean this is a very, very serious incident," Bodker told 11 Alive.

"Someone could've gotten hurt; thank God in this situation no one did, but it could have turned out a lot differently," he added.


* 'Swatting' tech easy to get, hard to trace
* Report of Country Club of the South shooting was a hoax
* Metro Atlanta crime reports, mapping


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