Rockford, Illinois News

Local authorities search for person who made ‘swatting’ call

LOVES PARK — Local authorities are searching for the person who they say made a swatting call that drew a massive police response in Loves Park Wednesday.

Police say the swatting call–one that’s made to report a false crime–came in Wednesday afternoon. The caller reported an active shooter, prompting law enforcement officers from multiple agencies, including the U.S. Marshals, to respond. Officers did not locate a suspect or any evidence of a shooting.

The term “swatting” refers to drawing a SWAT team to a false crime scene. In Illinois, swatting is type of disorderly conduct and can be charged as a Class 3 felony, punishable by two to five years in prison. A person accused of swatting can also be charged in federal court. Charges include threatening interstate communications, conspiracy to commit access device fraud, and obstruction of justice.

Anyone with information about Wednesday’s incident is urged to call the Loves Park Police Department at 815-654-5015.

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