Call of Duty Loser’s Prank Leads to SWAT Siege
A Call of Duty player’s win recent inadvertently landed him in the cross hairs of a SWAT team.
The victim of the incident was Rafael Castillo, according to a report from the New York Post. A resident of Long Beach, New York, Castillo sat down recently to play Call of Duty. After doing particularly well however, his home became the subject of a SWAT siege triggered by a prank phone call from a player angered by Castillo’s victories. Said gamer called local police, posing as Castillo and claiming to have killed his mother. The unknown person then suggested that he was gearing up for a violent rampage that could cost more lives.
The police responded by dispatching helicopters to monitor Castillo’s home while more than 60 officers encircled it, including Nassau County’s special operations unit. When the police arrived, Castillo’s mother, far from being dead, was in the kitchen. She, and Castillo’s brother exited their home and spoke to police who explained the supposed situation.
“I thought there was a fire at my house. I ran up and saw my mom running out, I didn’t know what was going on,” said the Castillo’s brother, Jose. “Then one of the police officers said somebody called and said that the mother and brother of somebody in this house was killed. I said, ‘How is that possible if she’s right there and I’m right here?’”
Police, realizing something was amiss, then tried to get Castillo himself to exit his home but had trouble on account of his gaming headphones blocking out their calls. When he eventually did leave, police rushed him and quickly realized that there was no danger.
“It was probably just an evil little kid,” said a participating officer. “We went and checked out the place and there was nothing there … It sucked up a lot of resources, caused traffic problems. It turned out to be a hoax.”
Police are now trying to trace the gamer behind the prank call that incited the incident.
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