Thursday, October 04, 2012

Ashton Kutcher Gets Swatted

I don't think I like this new trend of having police come out in force to a celebrity home. I know it is a prank, but this is not the first time callers have sent a SWAT team to a celebrity home after calling 911 and advising some horrific home invasion is occurring at the property. Yesterday it was Ashton Kutcher's turn to have the treatment as a woman called 911 and said she was hiding in a closet because three men had stormed into the home. When police and a SWAT unit arrived, they discovered it was a prank and arrested three men who were working on the yard.

26 comments:

Christina said...

Meanwhile those people are wasting time and resources to deal with this bullshit. There are real crimes that need to be taken care of you asshats.

Amber said...

And California wonders why it's broke.

Seachica said...

It was a prank?! Wtf thinks reporting a home invasion is a funny prank? I hope whoever made the call is arrested and prosecuted for false alarm, and has to pay the people of LA back for the cost of responding.

discoflux said...

Dicks. As someone who had to wait hours for a cop to show up after a REAL home invasion (in Houston, I wasn't home), this shit pisses me off.

People are so unwilling to think beyond themselves to the big picture to understand that every single action we make effects everyone around us. Especially in these troubled times. Every dollar wasted in another dollar taken away from schools, health programs, and the true safeguarding of communities.

I give a forcefully rendered middle finger to the jerkface prankster that did this.

Caitlin Costanzo said...

Isn't is against the law to make false 911 calls?

Robert said...

Why would the police arrest the guys working in the yard? To justify the SWAT team deployment and at least have SOMETHING to show for storming the place? Did one of them do it to get off work? I don't understand...

MBk said...

I didn't understand why the police made the arrests, either. Arrest the idiot who made the call!

Anotheramy said...

I think the idea was that the men working on the home made the call.

MBk said...

Oh, the LA Times article says the men were "detained," not arrested.

mikey said...

I think they were arrested because the caller said three men, and they were three men. Possibly pretending to be yard workers to escape arrest?

Raleigh James said...

This has been going on quite some time now as a political weapon. Google Aaron Walker and Patterico. Scary stuff.

Dramamonkey said...

I'm assuming that they were arrested/detained BEFORE learning it was a prank.

Either way.... I'm guessing there were more police present than if had been an average joe's house...

SusanB said...

Someone is eventually going to get killed this way. I hope these "pranksters" burn in hell.

chopchop said...

Can't 911 trace the phone calls to find out who did this?

Lori said...

of coooourse they arrested the yard workers...wonder what ethnicity they were.

Amartel said...

Fucking asshole!!! It's not just the waste of resources. People can get killed because of this. In SWAT situations the police are totally on edge and the person who's being Swatted doesn't know to be on their guard. I hope they catch, prosecute, imprison, and fine whoever did this. And take his online access away for a few years. There's your deterrent. I've heard a couple of cases of this happening and it is NOT cool.

ThatKimGirl said...

I think they left something crucial out of the story. The call came in via a TTY machine which is a machine that a hearing impaired person would use to make a call. I truly hope that they are able to trace it easier because of this.

Robin the Mad Photographer said...

NOT OK and NOT funny in the least, and yes, someone could (and probably will) get killed during one of these episodes. This isn't junior high or college, kids, and this is a lot worse than filling a locker w/ping-pong balls or short-sheeting the bed while your roommate's in the shower; this shit is REAL. Sheesh...

All about Eve said...

What an asshole! There is nothing funny about this! Reminds me of the doctor and his family in Connecticut who were victims of home invasion which resulted in his wife and two daughters being murdered. And as some others mentioned this could be dangerous as well as a waste of time and money. Hope these people are caught

OMAMA is BROKO said...

I bet it's Miley Cyrus making the prank calls.

//i'm serious

OMAMA is BROKO said...

here's why (to my mc theory)

remember it happened at her house, pre true intruder, while she was in philly, right before she chopped off her hair, and didn't she just work with kutcher on two and a half men?

I just get this super immature vibe from her (obvs) and also, that she has zero sense of reality (like that it's a felony to file false police claims). I could be wrong, but it's not like we'd ever know if I was right.

T. E. Cuz said...

whoever it is, miley or not, i agree with everyone else: they are so wrong for doing this. and they should've been the one arrested.

libby said...

OMAMA--VERY interesting theory.

People keep speculating that MC may be showing mental health problems. I hope for her sake it's something treatable, and she doesn't have a Britney breakdown in front of everyone. For her privacy's sake, you know.

That's the thing about the really devastating, debilitating mental illnesses---they don't pop up til you're grown. Very very scary stuff, if true. Poor girl. At least she doesn't have to work another day in her life.

Spike Gomes said...

Unfortunately, 911 slamming (which is what SWAT prankers are doing), is still a massive security hole in much of our national telephone network. Ironically it's much easier to spoof a call as coming from someplace it's not when calling 911, than when making a regular trunk call. This is due to the fact that much of the 911 system exists as a parallel to the regular phone network for reasons of keeping it open in case of large scale failure of the main network (which is still mostly copper and fiber optic between hubs for the main trunks) and that it has to remain open to outdated and/or obscure systems like TTY and HAM over phone for reasons of emergency access. These systems are usually older with unpatched security holes.

Fun what you learn subscribing to 2600.

la pendeja said...

Long time lurker, first time poster although the Anchorman 2 Trailer was a tempting thread! I have been meaning to share this with fellow CDAN readers for a bit now (because you guys obviously need to know), and this seems like the perfect post to do it on. Although I will admit I was more amused by it before reading the above. Anyway, I'm in Philly, and MC was here this summer while her man was filming whatever that movie was (as you can tell i know a lot about him, haha). Well I guess she had a lot of time on her hands bc she went into the Doc Marten's store and proceeded to ask the employees if they knew where she could get E and if they wanted to party with her!! It never happened (obv it's not 1997 and she was at Doc Marten's not a rave) but as you can imagine they were highly entertained by the whole thing!
I hope she doesn't let things get too out of control and that this is just a phase, because for reasons I can't explain myself, I'm kind rooting for her!!

astrogirl said...

I have heard whispers that things are getting frosty for Liam and Miley; that she's acting out for attention and tweeting their personal stuff to fans, whereabouts to paps, and he being a naturally private person, has started to withdraw from her.