An 8chan forum thread outlining a plan to “swat” artist and GamerGate critic Grace Lynn appeared to succeed, sparking 20 police officers to respond to a Portland, Ore. home on Friday night. However, there was a tiny problem—the swatting attack targeted an old address for Lynn.
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According to The Oregonian, authorities showed up at the Portland home around 12am Saturday after receiving reports about an armed man with hostages inside. Officers were developing a plan to contact the residents when they received notice the entire situation may be a hoax. However, police ultimately wanted to (and did) ensure the residents were safe.
“It’s not going to result in the prank playing out the way the prankster wanted it to,” Portland Police Sgt. Pete Simpson told the paper. “But it does create significant risk to the public and significant risk to officers responding. And the prankster can face state and federal charges.”
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