False 911 call sends police to Chris Brown's home
City News Service | 1/22/2013, 8:19 a.m.
HOLLYWOOD, Calif.--A false report of a dispute at the Hollywood home of singer Chris Brown was made Sunday, police said.
The report was made Sunday afternoon using a device for the hearing impaired, said Officer Cleon Joseph of the Los Angeles Police Department's Media Relations Section.
"It was a hoax," Joseph said.
Brown was not at the home, although members of his staff were and the singer's parents also arrived at the house after police responded, according to the Los Angeles Times.
It was the latest in a spate of so-called swatting incidents in which police are compelled to respond to reports of crimes in progress at the homes of celebrities.
A 12-year-old boy was arrested last year for allegedly calling in false reports of crimes in progress at the Los Angeles homes of singer Justin Bieber and actor Ashton Kutcher.
On Friday, sheriff's deputies responded to a false report of an assault at the Lost Hills home of reality television stars Kris and Bruce Jenner.
Others targeted include Tom Cruise and Miley Cyrus.
The false reports are referred to as swatting because the police response sometimes involves SWAT units.