A sore loser called in a hostage hoax after a Long Island teen beat him while playing Call Of Duty online Tuesday.
More than 70 emergency responders descended on the Long Beach home of 17-year-old Rafael Castillo yesterday afternoon after a man claiming to be Castillo told police via Skype, “I just killed my mother and I might shoot more people.”
What followed was a two-hour standoff with choppers overhead and 60 officers with their weapons drawn. SWAT teams, fire trucks and Nassau Country’s elite special operations unit were on the scene.
His mother, Maria Castillo, 54, was in the kitchen when she saw officers on her lawn screaming, “Go! Go! Get out!”
“I thought there was a fire at my house. I ran up and saw my mom running out, I didn’t know what was going on,” said the brother, Jose, 21.
Rafael had no idea there was a commotion outside. Home for spring break, he had his headphones on and was gaming. Finally his brother got his attention by calling his phone and got him to come out and show authorities there was no armed gunman in the house.
“He didn’t realize anything was going on, he couldn’t hear anything,” Jose Castillo told The Post. “I told him that there’s a bunch of cops outside that are looking for you.”
“Some guy threatened to Swat him,” he said. “He was pissed that he had lost.”
Disgruntled players are reportedly using “Swatting” as retribution on players who eliminate them from the game.
“The loser calls to get revenge," said Long Beach Police Commissioner Michael Tangney. "This is really becoming a national epidemic for law enforcement.”
Police say the gamer likely traced his IP address to give it to authorities.
“It was probably just an evil little kid,” an officer told The Post. “We went and checked out the place and there was nothing there … It sucked up a lot of resources, caused traffic problems. It turned out to be a hoax.”
Tangney said the other player faces charges for falsely reporting an incident and billed for a $100,000 emergency response.
"I'm very angry," he said. "It's a tremendous waste of taxpayers' resources."