RYE–A 14 year old Rye teen has been arrested in the home invasion hoax last week in Rye, says Rye Police Commssioner William Connors.
Last Wednesday a caller told Rye Brook Police that three armed men were in his home at 105 North Street in Rye and had shot his sister. He said the intruders were barricading the door of the home with couches and that he was hiding under a bed. The final message was “it is getting worse,” police say.
This caused a huge police response; Rye Police, Rye Brook Police the Westchester County Department of Public Safety, Harrison Police, Port Chester Police and the MTA Police were all involved. A woman was evacuated from the house with her teenaged son and two friends. Officers then entered the home to ensure that it was safe. It was later established that the call was unfounded.
“The danger associated with this activity often referred to as “swatting,” in which callers or computer hackers trigger the dispatch of a large emergency response to a false incident, cannot be understated,” said Connors. “These are far from prank calls. They divert valuable resources from other duties.”
On Friday, detectives arrested the teen, charging him with Falsely Reporting an Incident in the Third Degree and Reckless Endangerment in the Second Degree. Because of his age, his case has been referred to Family Court. Detectives are looking for more potential suspects.