PORTAGE, Mich. (WOOD) - The Portage Police Chief tells 24 Hour News 8 they are escorting people out of a mall after an incident they believe is a 'swatting'.
Portage Police Chief Dan Mills tells 24 Hour News 8 the agency received three separate threats that were called in. The threats were directed at The Crossroads Mall.
Chief Mills says they asked the mall to close early and they escorted people out of the mall as a safety precaution.
There is no evidence that there was ever anyone in the mall with a weapon.
"We believe this is an instance of what's happening all over the country called 'Swatting'," Chief Mills told 24 Hour News 8.
Swatting is where someone tricks an emergency service into dispatching emergency response teams, like police and/or SWAT teams, to an area by making a false report of an on-going serious incident.
In June of 2013, Target 8 told you about a swatting incident in Lowell where a man found his home surrounded by a SWAT team. A 911 caller had said six men just broke into Philip Severn's home with an assault rifle, they had been stabbed and their parents were being held captive.
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