BIDDEFORD – Officers respond to what they thought was a “dangerous situation” in Biddeford, only to find out it was a hoax.
They say this is the second false report, also known as “swatting” in just a week. Investigators are now looking at possible connections between the two.
“I got ready to leave my house to go grocery shopping and all of a sudden i walk out my door and there’s cops everywhere with guns drawn.” – officers had Brandi Roberge’s apartment surrounded. “I had one up there yelling at me, telling me, one over there yelling at me, I went over there hid behind a building for a little bit.” Brandi Roberge, Hoax Victim, “They had said that someone called and there was a lady tied up in my apartment and there was gunshots going off.”
Police searched for who they thought was a gunman.
Biddeford Police Chief Roger Beaupre says a man called their communications center saying he had just shot his parents. “He stated that he was going to shoot his girlfriend next and that he had explosives in the apartment that would be detonated upon approach of police.”
But when officers investigated – they realized it never happened.
“I don’t understand why why do that to somebody why, it’s crazy.” Ashley Coffin, Developing Story, Hoax Victim, “Honestly i think they need to invent something or do something to figure out how we can trace these calls because i mean this is ridiculous. I mean that’s wasting everyone’s time and could potentially hurt someone else.”
Last week a swat team was called in to respond to a similar report in Standish costing Cumberland County thousands of dollars.
Roberge fears this report could have taken resources away from a real emergency.