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HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, N.J. (CBS) — A Trenton man has been charged in a series of fake emergency calls. Twenty-two-year-old Treyvon Holt is accused of causing chaos in Florence and Hamilton Township.
Several of the hoax emergency calls affected Wilson Elementary and West Hamilton High School. It caused stress for parents and those in the neighborhood.
Florence Police nabbed Holt after two recent calls in Florence, and 15 calls in Hamilton Township.
These fake emergency calls, known as “swatting,” started in December 2017 and continued off and on until January of this year.
Many calls happened in the Park Avenue area in Hamilton Township. Folks who live in the neighborhood say it was a traumatic experience seeing police repeatedly swarm their street.
“It was very intense,” swatting victim Gerald Parker said. “My neighbor across the street, they raided her house like four times, and she was saying it was prank calls because nothing is going on over here. It was pretty unsettling.”
Officials say Holt was released from jail Friday on the condition of level two pre-trial monitoring until his next court appearance on March 20.
“Knowing that he’s caught, that’s great, because who does that?” Parker said.