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Miley Cyrus' home raided in 'swatting' prank

August 02, 2012|By August Brown
  • Miley Cyrus at the People's Choice Awards in January.
Miley Cyrus at the People's Choice Awards in January. (Lester Cohen / WireImage…)

Miley Cyrus' Studio City home was the subject of a massive police raid Wednesday, allegedly prompted by a prank call.

The singer and actress wasn't home at the time of the raid, which occurred after a 911 call came in at 6:50 p.m. reporting a kidnapping in progress with shots fired and one person hit. Officers responded and entered the home in the 11000 block of Amanda Drive with guns drawn, but quickly determined the call was a hoax.

In the prank known as swatting, perpetrators place fake distress calls aimed at luring police SWAT teams to raid an unwitting victim's home. Police suggest such pranks are becoming more frequent despite the obvious seriousness of the act and the traumatic experience of being caught in a police raid.

Swatting is a crime and punishable in some cases as a felony.

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