Simon Cowell SWATted
He appears to be the first of the celebrity SWATting victims to have been home when it happened:
Beverly Hills police responded to a call that someone had been tied up and needed help at “X Factor” judge Simon Cowell’s house, but the report turned out to be false, authorities said Monday.
The caller initially told Beverly Hills police that the person had been tied up with duct tape and gave an address outside of city limits, according to authorities. The caller then said the incident was taking place at “Simon Cowell’s” house, which is in Beverly Hills.
Agence France-Presse adds:
The police spokesman added that Sunday’s incident was rather amateurish.
“The call was so ridiculously done it had no credibility with the dispatcher … The dispatcher immediately suspected it was a fake,” he said, although officers were sent to check out the report just in case.
If they never catch anyone, it encourages copycats.