We’ve all thrown our toys out of the pram after losing a game, but one US Call of Duty player took his tantrum one step too far yesterday…
Following a bout of the best-selling video game, 17-year-old Rafael Castillo found his home surrounded by a 70-strong Swat team after his beaten opponent made a prank call to the police.
Helicopters, emergency vehicles and a team of officers raced to the US teen’s Long Island home after the losing gamer made a Skype call claiming he was Rafael, before adding, “I just killed my mother and I might shoot more people.”
But when the Nassau County’s special operations unit descended on the Castillo residence, they found his mother at home in the kitchen, while his brother arrived back during what turned into a two-hour standoff. Both were quite clearly alive and unharmed.
“I thought there was a fire at my house,” explained Raphael’s 21-year-old sibling Jose. “I ran up and saw my mom running out, I didn’t know what was going on.
“Then one of the police officers said somebody called and said that the mother and brother of somebody in this house was killed. I said, ‘How is that possible if she’s right there and I’m right here?'”
Unfortunately for the Swat team, Raphael was wearing his headphones at the time and failed to respond to 20 minutes of shouting for him to come out.
Police are now hunting the hoaxer and say it’s likely Raphael’s vengeful opponent traced his IP address online in order to pinpoint where he lived.
Long Beach Police Commissioner Michael Tangney told CBS the incident was an example of a recent “swatting” craze which has seen pranksters call 911 to elicit a response from law enforcement teams: “In this bizarre world of Swatting, you get points for the helicopter, for the police cars, for the Swat team, for the type of entry. It’s very sophisticated. Unfortunately, it’s very dangerous.”