WHEATON - A Villa Park man was charged Jan. 13 with felony disorderly conduct-false 911 call in relationship to a swatting incident that occured in October.
Timothy Jackson, 27, of the 300 block of North Ardmore Avenue, was arrested Jan. 8 on unrelated charges for aggravated driving while license revoked, unlawful possession of weapon by a felon and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon at the Exxon 7-11, 625 W. Roosevelt Road, Wheaton.
He is being held at the DuPage County Jail on a $20,000 bond for the felony disorderly conduct-False 911 call charge and a $75,000 bond for the unrelated charges, according to a Wheaton Police Department news release.
Wheaton police on Oct. 19 received an emergency call for an alleged violent domestic disturbance involving the discharge of a firearm in a multi-unit dwelling in the 700 block of Childs Street, according to the release.
The unidentified caller allegedly did not provide 911 operators with a unit number. Wheaton police and officers from Glen Ellyn, Carol Stream and Winfield responded along with members of DuPage County’s M.E.R.I.T. SWAT team to provide tactical assistance, according to the release.
Roads had to be shut down from the numerous emergency vehicles, and residents in the area surrounding the complex were temporary displaced while the officers attempted to identify the location of the incident.
The unidentified caller then reportedly called 911 again and provided a specific unit number. After police officers met with the occupants of the unit, it became apparent no criminal activity had occurred, and the occupants had been victims of a swatting.
Swatting involves making a prank call to emergency services in an attempt to bring about the dispatch of a large number of police officers to a particular address.
Over the next two months, Wheaton police detectives identified a suspect, and arrested Jackson on Jan. 8.
"Mr. Jackson allegedly abused our communities’ emergency 911 communications, which resulted in the response of numerous police agency’s officers and a waste of our emergency services’ resources,” Wheaton Deputy Police Chief P.J. Youker said in the release. “Let Mr. Jackson’s criminal charge serve a cautionary tale for any individual who wastes public safety resources and endangers lives. We will thoroughly investigate these incidents and hold those responsible accountable to the fullest extent of the law."