Police say Hays home invasion report a cruel hoax

HAYS, Kan. (AP) — Federal investigators are working with Hays police to find out who made a prank call last week that prompted law enforcement to surround a home where officers thought a home invasion had just happened.

Police Chief Don Scheibler says the home’s occupants were victims of what is called “swatting,” in which someone falsely called police to report a serious crime was underway.

The Hays Daily News (http://bit.ly/1dQXIYi) reports police received a 911 call at 5:14 p.m. Wednesday in which the caller, claiming to be a child in the house, reported seven people with guns had entered the home, and that his father had been struck on the head.

Investigators determined the incident was a “cruel hoax. The FBI and a local high-tech crime unit are helping with the investigation.

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Information from: The Hays (Kan.) Daily News, http://www.hdnews.net

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