Milwaukee sci-fi writer victimized by ‘spoofing’

A Milwaukee science fiction author says he’s been terrorized by online cyberstalkers sending police to his home with fake 911 calls. It’s a potentially dangerous prank known as a hit. Police stormed Patrick Tomlinson’s east side Milwaukee home at 1 a.m. three weeks ago with guns drawn after receiving a call from someone claiming to be Tomlinson. “I used my name. I used this address. I said I had just killed my wife and come get me. And they did,” Tomlinson told WISN 12 News. Home security video shows a handcuffed Tomlinson outside in his bathrobe as police search his home. But the 911 call was a hoax designed to send police to the home. “It’s something , which would cause a very active, very vigorous response with a weapon drawn,” Tomlinson said. Milwaukee police confirmed the hoax call to that home. Tomlinson said it was the third such hoax call or call to his home in the past two years. He said , that it happened again, a fourth time, two weeks later. “There were six uniformed Milwaukee police officers banging on our door. They had gotten a bogus phone call from the people who have been after us for almost four years saying they had I heard gunshots at that address,” Tomlinson said of the latest incident. Tomlinson said an online comment he made about his dislike of a particular comedian four years ago is what initially made him the target of a certain online community and ongoing, relentless cyber attacks beyond the stabbing incidents. He believes that neither his outspoken political views online nor his science fiction writing led to the viral threats from anonymous attackers. “They don’t care about that stuff,” Tomlinson said. “They’re just interested in hurting people. Their idea of ​​fun is trying to ruin lives from a distance.” Wisconsin law does call the crime “Swatting,” while Milwaukee police call it “False Emergency Reporting.” Police told WISN 12 News six such incidents have been reported in Milwaukee this year.

A Milwaukee science fiction author says he’s been terrorized by online cyberstalkers sending police to his home with fake 911 calls.

This is a potentially dangerous prank known as a hit.

Police stormed Patrick Tomlinson’s east side Milwaukee home at 1 a.m. three weeks ago with guns drawn after receiving a call from someone claiming to be Tomlinson.

“I used my name. I used this address. I said I just killed my wife and come get me. And they did,” Tomlinson told WISN 12 News.

Home security video shows a handcuffed Tomlinson outside in a bathrobe as police search his home. But the 911 call was a hoax designed to send the police to the home.

“This is something that would trigger a very active, very vigorous response with weapons drawn,” Tomlinson said.

Milwaukee police confirmed the hoax call to that home.

Tomlinson said it was the third such hoax alarm or call to his home in the past two years. He said it happened again, a fourth time, two weeks later.

“There were six uniformed police officers from Milwaukee banging on our door. They had received a bogus phone call from the people who have been hounding us for almost four years saying they heard gunshots at that address,” Tomlinson said of the latest incident.

Tomlinson said an online comment he made about his dislike of a particular comedian four years ago is what initially made him the target of a particular online community and ongoing, relentless cyberattacks beyond the stabbing incidents.

He believes that neither his outspoken political views online nor his science fiction writing led to the viral threats from anonymous attackers.

“They don’t care about that stuff,” Tomlinson said. “They’re just interested in hurting people. Their idea of ​​fun is trying to ruin lives from a distance.”

The Wisconsin statute calls the crime “stabbing,” while Milwaukee police call it “false reporting of an emergency.”

Police told WISN 12 News six such incidents have been reported in Milwaukee this year.

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