SWAT team red-faced after raiding wrong house
Police in Evansville, Ind., received an embarrassing lesson in technology – and public relations – when they sent a SWAT team to the wrong house after receiving anonymous threats over the Internet.
Someone with the username US ARMY posted threats at Topix.com saying, “I’m proud of my country but I hate police of any kind. I have explosives made in America. Evansville will feel my pain.”
The cops traced the comments to a wireless connection at 616 East Powell Ave., where 18-year-old Stephanie Milan sat watching TV, The Evansville Courier and Press reported.
To make their point, police invited the local TV station along to film their takedown on June 22.
As they approached the house, they sent two flash grenades into the home, breaking a window and the open front door (it was really hot outside).
Unfortunately, as it turns out, they had the wrong address.