Domino's Pizza Gets Fake Hostage Message, Police Swarm Sherman Heights Home - NBC 7 San Diego

Domino's Pizza Gets Fake Hostage Message, Police Swarm Sherman Heights Home

After interviewing the residents, it became clear none knew about the hostage message

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    Police Investigate Fake Hostage Call

    This could be the latest example of swatting where someone calls in a fake crime to trigger a large police response. NBC 7's Danny Freeman has more.

    (Published Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019)

    A fake hostage message to a pizza place prompted police to surround a home in Sherman Heights in what may be a possible case of "swatting," San Diego police said. 

    A Domino's Pizza employee called 911 at about midnight after receiving a strange message through their mobile ordering app that said a person was being held hostage at a home near 24th and Market Street, SDPD said. 

    Police in tactical gear with guns drawn surrounded the two-story home and began searching for a possible hostage.

    Several people were pulled out of the home -- at least one in handcuffs -- but, after interviewing the residents, it became clear none knew about the hostage message, SDPD said. 

    Possible 'Swatting' Incident in Sherman Heights

    [DGO] Possible 'Swatting' Incident in Sherman Heights

    NBC 7's Audra Stafford has more on a possible swatting call in Sherman Heights made through a pizza delivery app.

    (Published Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019)

    Police are still investigating where the message came from and if the call could have been a case of "swatting," a form of prank calling intended to draw police and first responders to someone's home when there is no emergency.

    A California man was sentenced to 20 years in prison to making a bogus emergency call that led to a deadly police shooting in Kansas in 2017.

    According to authorities, the incident started as a dispute during an online video game. The Federal Bureau of Investigation recognized swatting as an emerging threat as early as 2008, noting it had become commonplace among gamers.

    No other information was available.

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