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1/17/2013

Tom Cruise Latest Victim of Attempted SWATting

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 5:40 pm

Tom Cruise is the latest victim of an attempted SWATting. I say “attempted” because he wasn’t home:

Beverly Hills police surrounded actor Tom Cruise’s home Thursday after a report of shots fired that appeared to be another “swatting” hoax, authorities said.

Authorities were still investigating the call, which they said did not originate inside Cruise’s home, Beverly Hills police Sgt. Renato Moreno said. It was not immediately known if the actor was home at the time.

Beverly Hills police tweeted, “No emergency, everyone safe.”

Cruise isn’t the first celebrity targeted in a “swatting,” a prank in someone calls to report a nonexistent emergency at a location, which often results in the deployment of a SWAT team. Several others have been victims of similar incidents in recent months, including Charlie Sheen, Miley Cyrus, Simon Cowell, Ashton Kutcher and Justin Bieber.

And Patrick Frey and Mike Stack and Aaron Walker and Erick Erickson.

If and when they catch this person, I hope he is threatened with (and receives) a punishment worse than the Government threatened for Aaron Swartz.

12 Responses to “Tom Cruise Latest Victim of Attempted SWATting”

  1. The story doesn’t say when it happened, but these things always seem to get reported in mid-afternoon.

    Patterico (8b3905)

  2. Jack Reacher would not take this shlt.

    JD (b63a52)

  3. Someone will eventually be injured or end up dead before authorities take this seriously. Then we’ll hear the “it’s too bad it took a trajedy like this yada, yada, yada!”

    Amalgamated Cliff Divers, Local 157 (f7d5ba)

  4. oh I know this guy he was in that movie where the space robots came down and got bacteria all over them the end

    happyfeet (ce327d)

  5. Someone will eventually be injured or end up dead before authorities take this seriously. Then we’ll hear the “it’s too bad it took a trajedy like this yada, yada, yada!”

    Then they’ll push whatever telephone rules they’ve been wanting to push but couldn’t. For the children.

    Kevin M (bf8ad7)

  6. You would think that the 911 system could place the caller. It maybe should have been a design goal.

    Kevin M (bf8ad7)

  7. no no no Mr. M police are corrupt and scary and you never know when the criminal in question you’re calling about is actually an off duty piggy piggy cop thug

    happyfeet (ce327d)

  8. they will track you down and shoot your dog

    happyfeet (ce327d)

  9. happy is a hippy.

    Ag80 (b2c81f)

  10. I’m not sure Tom is ever “home”, even thought the lights are on. Or am I being glib…

    Gazzer (4424a0)

  11. rampart really happened and it was really very revealing about how you want to fly under the piggy piggy cop thug radar here in LA as much as humanly possible

    happyfeet (ce327d)

  12. Now the Kardashians are the latest to be swatted.

    WatcherOne (171f1d)


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