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Emergency personnel were dispatched to the White House on Monday in response to a prank phone call in which an individual claimed the residence was engulfed in flames and that victims were trapped inside.
At approximately 7:00 a.m., the Washington, D.C. metropolitan 911 center received a call regarding what seems to be a “swatting” incident, which occurs when an unknown person uses a bogus phone number to cause panic through threats of violence or false accusations of catastrophe. At the time, President Joe Biden was not at home but rather at Camp David.
“Fire in the White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue,” a DC dispatcher said at 7:04 a.m. The “all clear” was given by 7:15 a.m. after 13 units had responded to the site.
Although an individual who answered the line stated that they did not place the call, 911 center respondents returned a call to the incoming number. Authorities ascertained that the telephone number was “spoofed,” which occurs when a swatting caller assumes the identity of an unsuspecting victim.
The holidays were an especially hectic time for swatting victims.
Swatting is a “prank” where police are called to a home after someone falsely reports that a crime has taken place or is taking place.
🚨 WHITE HOUSE SWATTED: Fire trucks and ambulances swarmed the White House this morning after a prank caller told 911 dispatchers the building was on fire and someone was trapped inside in what appears to be a ‘swatting’ incident. pic.twitter.com/kp8F2k7hCs
— Proud Elephant 🇺🇸🦅 (@ProudElephantUS) January 15, 2024
U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan, who is presiding over the case of former President Donald Trump’s alleged election interference case in Washington, D.C., was the victim of a swatting call.
Lawfare reporter Anna Bower reported on X (formerly Twitter) that Chutkan’s residence in the capital was the scene of a reported shooting, which prompted the response of the police and fire departments.
Judge Chutkan “may have been the target of a ‘swatting’ call tonight,” Bower wrote on X. “Police & fire services responded to a reported shooting at a home in D.C. They found nothing. Per property records, Chutkan owns the home.”
“I’m not posting the audio from the dispatch here because it includes the address of the home that appears to be owned by Judge Chutkan,” Bower added. “But according to the dispatch, police who responded to the shooting report ‘thoroughly searched the area’ and found nothing.”
The caller stated that a residence in Northwest Washington had numerous victims. According to the property records that Newsweek reviewed, the home mentioned in the call is owned by Chutkan.
Howard University professor Dave Stroup appears to have been the first to report the swatting incident.
“I think someone just tried to swat judge in Trump’s DC case but got the address very wrong,” he posted on X. “Could be wrong on this but DC Fire and MPD responded to a call for a shooting with possible multiple victims at an address in the 16th Street Heights which is listed as the mother of the judge’s ex-husband.”
Tanya Chutkan, presiding judge in Trump’s D.C. criminal case, may have been the target of a “swatting” call tonight.
Police & fire services responded to a reported shooting at a home in D.C. They found nothing.
Per property records, Chutkan owns the home.
— Anna Bower (@AnnaBower) January 8, 2024
Earlier this month, left-wing billionaire George Soros fell victim to a phony “swatting” incident, becoming the latest high-profile figure to have police called to their homes for a false emergency.
“The Southampton Village, New York, estate of George Soros was reportedly “swatted” on Saturday, adding the left-wing billionaire to a list of other high-profile people who have become victims of the 911 prank over the past couple of weeks,” Fox News reported.
The outlet cited a New York Post report that said the Southampton Village Police Department took a 911 call shortly before 9 p.m. on Saturday from someone claiming that he shot his wife and was then threatening to kill himself at the Old Town Road mansion of Soros.
Officers hurried to the scene, but the call turned out to be false, per Southampton Village Detective Sgt. Herman Lamison, the Post noted.
Soros has funneled billions to left-wing causes and policies over decades, most recently pouring tens of millions into metro-area district attorney races to elect ‘progressive’ candidates who go on to implement ‘reforms’ such as ending cash bail and refusing to prosecute a large number of crimes. Police and police advocates have blamed those policies for dramatic increases in crime in their jurisdictions.
Before that, Maine Secretary of State Shenna Bellows said that her home was “swatted” after she decided to remove former President Donald Trump from her state’s Republican primary ballot.
Also, a disgusted and frustrated Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) sounded off on Christmas Day after being “swatted” again for what she believes was the eighth time.
Rome, Ga., police were called again to Greene’s home for an alleged emergency shortly before noon, the New York Post confirmed.