- Associated Press - Friday, May 1, 2015

JACKSON, N.J. (AP) - Authorities say a call reporting that a man in central New Jersey stabbed his girlfriend, was suicidal and would shoot police turned out to be a hoax.

The Asbury Park Press reports (https://on.app.com/1Iuldc5 ) Jackson police responded to the call just before 5 a.m. Thursday.

But when police arrived, they realized it was the latest example of a hoax known as swatting, where a caller falsely reports an emergency situation. The fake calls typically draw a heavily-armed police response.

Police say they secured a perimeter around the house and were planning to call negotiators and a SWAT team to the scene when they contacted a woman living in the house. Authorities say she told them she didn’t know about the call and the man living in the house was asleep.


Information from: Asbury Park (N.J.) Press, https://www.app.com

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