Swatting victim: ‘I just need it to stop’

wwny Swatting victim: ‘I just need it to stop’

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - It happened again Friday afternoon. Watertown police, guns drawn, surrounded April Secor's Boyd Street home.

“Please, I just need it to stop,” said Secor.

Secor says she was told to come out of the house with her hands up as police then entered the home and also had her elderly parents, son and husband put their hands up.

This is the second time in the last three days armed police have shown up at the home and the fifth time police have had to respond because of what’s called swatting.

That’s when someone pretending to be someone else calls in a phony emergency to get armed police to respond to a location.

Secor says she’s worried about members of her family, who are shaken up by the police response.

“I can’t take no more. I can’t. I’m worried about my mom and my dad. Most of all I’m worried about my son, going to want to take his life over this and it’s not his fault,” she said.

Secor says the person calling police has been pretending to be her 16 year old son Shawn, claiming various things like he had hurt someone inside the home or had set the house on fire.

Secor believes this is happening in connection with her son playing the popular video game Minecraft.

She says her son has deleted all social media and the Minecraft game. Now, she doesn’t know what else they can do.

“I don’t know what it’s going to take to stop him, if anything can stop him. I don’t know,” she said.

Police do believe the swatting calls are linked. However they say they are still investigating.

Police had awakened the family around 2:15 a.m. Friday because they had received another swatting call. But they say they didn’t respond with a heavy presence or guns that time because they had suspected it was a swatting call.

It’s unclear why they responded again with guns Friday afternoon. We’ve reached out to police again and are waiting to hear back.

Police responded with guns drawn to a Watertown house once again Friday
Police responded with guns drawn to a Watertown house once again Friday
Police responded with guns drawn to a Watertown house once again Friday
Police responded with guns drawn to a Watertown house once again Friday
Police responded with guns drawn to a Watertown house once again Friday
Police responded with guns drawn to a Watertown house once again Friday

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