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San Mateo, CA Police Department
Monday October 9th, 2017 :: 02:41 p.m. PDT


SMPD is investigating a “Swatting” call that targeted a business in Downtown San Mateo

San Mateo Police Officers are investigating a “Swatting” prank call we received this morning that caused a large police presence on the unit block of E 3rd Avenue.
San Mateo Police Dispatch received a call from a male around 11:30 a.m. Monday, October 9th, reporting that he saw two males with guns and masks enter a business in the unit block of E. 3rd Avenue. Officers quickly arrived and secured the area by shutting down vehicle and pedestrian traffic on E. 3rd Avenue between El Camino Real and San Mateo Drive. Officers searched the business and found the report to be not credible. Additionally, employees advised our officers that business was functioning as usual and no reports were made.
Swatting is a prank call to 9-1-1 emergency services in an attempt send a large number of emergency personnel to a particular location based on a false report of a serious law enforcement emergency. 
San Mateo Officers are actively investigating this incident and into the identity of the caller. Anyone with information is asked to contact SMPD. SMPD dispatch center at (650) 522-7700 or call the SMPD Secret Witness Line at (650)522-7676. Anonymous online tips in this or any San Mateo Police Department investigation can be done at:

San Mateo, CA Police Department
200 Franklin Pkwy
San Mateo, CA 94403

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 650-522-7700

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