Rihanna is the latest celebrity to fall victim to “swatting” after police arrived at her home in response to a fake 911 call Thursday afternoon (April 4).
As reported by TMZ, the call falsely claimed that two armed men were inside the pop star’s Pacific Palisades, California, home and that someone had been shot.
Authorities confirmed that Rihanna was not home at the time of the Thursday prank.
However, CBS Los Angeles reports that LAPD quickly confirmed the call to be yet another “swatting” hoax, where pranksters report fake crimes in the hopes of drawing SWAT teams to celebrity homes. Diddy’s LA home was targeted by “swatters” just one day prior (April 3), attracting a dozen cop cars and two helicopters, according to TMZ.
While no one has been hurt in the incidents, the Los Angeles Times reports that police think the troublemakers should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and that California lawmakers are considering implementing harsher penalties for the crimes.
A 12-year-old boy was recently charged for calling in false reports related to 2012 “swatting” incidents.
Meanwhile, a safe and sound Rihanna is currently on her Diamonds World Tour, which continues Saturday (April 6) in San Jose, Calif. and wraps up in October in New Zealand.
- Nee-Sa Lossing, Radio.com