Suspect arrested in swatting prank at Barnesville High School

BARNESVILLE, Minn. (KVRR-KFGO) – Barnesville High School was one of the schools in the region that were hit Thursday by threatening messages. These calls were quickly determined to be hoaxes by authorities and there was no threat. School Superintendent Jon Ellerbusch says police were notified immediately and the person that sent the email threat was identified and arrested. State laws…

Alexandria police chief believes he knows who made swatting calls

ALEXANDRIA, Minn. (KVRR) – Alexandria Police Chief Scott Kent believes swatting’ calls made to schools in his city, Fergus Falls and St. Paul last week came from a phone number IP address in Ethiopia. The calls were a hoax reporting an active shooter at the schools. Minneapolis, New Ulm, Fairmont, Rochester, Cloquet, Austin, Brainerd, Rosemount, Mankato, Grand Rapids, Bemidji, and…

Hawley Man Becomes Center of Hoax 911 Call in Swatting Incident

Hawley Police released the full dispatch call

HAWLEY, Minn. — A Hawley man becomes the center of a hoax 911 call in a tactic called swatting. A call went to the Red River Regional Dispatch Center around 4:30 Tuesday afternoon. Hear the full call here. It claimed there was a hostage situation in Todd Rendon’s home. “When I came out there I came out like this. I…

Hear The Hawley 911 Swatting Call

HAWLEY, Minn. — Law enforcement calls it “swatting.” Clay County Sheriff Mark Empting says that’s what happened this afternoon when deputies and other officers rushed to Hawley. Dispatch received a call from someone claiming that someone had been taken hostage at a home. Red River Valley Swat was headed to the scene but deputies arrived and spoke with the homeowner….