Los Angeles police responded to the home of comedian Russell Brand on Monday afternoon, the latest celebrity targeted in a wave of "swatting" calls.
The call, which was reported shortly before 4 p.m., allegedly involved an armed suspect at Brand's residence in the 1800 block of Doheny Drive. That brings the number of such 'swatting' incidents to nearly a dozen in recent months.
The LAPD, which is investigating the source of the reports, has expressed concern and anger in the wake of the onslaught, which includes texts, calls or computer-generated reports. Such investigations can be difficult because those who are involved can disguise their contacts through multiple computer servers and other technological means.
In an effort to calibrate their response, one LAPD car was sent to check the report, which proved to be bogus, said LAPD Cmdr. Andrew Smith. The LAPD is trying to crack down on the practice by training dispatchers, police supervisors and officers to identify possible crank callers.