GREENSBURG (AP) — Police have been trying to find whoever sent texts to a Westmoreland County 911 dispatch center, claiming that a man had an AK-47 rifle and five bodies in his home.
Westmoreland County emergency management spokesman Dan Stevens says the incident was a hoax known as “swatting” — so named because it’s meant to prompt a SWAT or similar police response to a home.READ MORE: Pittsburgh Weather: Flood Warnings And Advisories, Falling Temperatures
The text was sent Jan. 7, and prompted police in Jeannette to surround the home before finding an unsuspecting homeowner inside.
One text read, “There’s five dead now and I got more today.”READ MORE: COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Continues To Ramp Up Throughout Allegheny County
Others told police the occupant of the home had the automatic rifle, a desert eagle and a grenade.
Authorities are hoping to trace the texts with the help of phone companies.Two People Escape Late Night Monessen Fire After Being Trapped Inside Home
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