Last week, one Josh Holz posted a video of his friend, now known as “Damn Daniel”, getting “back at it again with the white vans”.
This went viral.
Damn Daniel pic.twitter.com/Va10hmpePO
— josh (@josholzz) February 16, 2016
There have been numerous memes, remixes and tributes made (with this dance routine being particularly special):
— jay (@jaydingeer) February 18, 2016
Now, however, the attention on Josh has turned a bit nasty, with one “joker” calling a SWAT team to his house.
This – as it turns out – is actually a prank (and a misdemeanor) known as “swatting”. Essentially, somebody will report a serious crime (such as a shooting or a hostage situation) in progress at someone’s house, in order to have a SWAT team storm the premises.
People often attempt it on celebrities – such as popular video game streamers – and activists. And it’s a fairly traumatic thing to have happen. Any “cop” show will tell you that the last thing you want is armed police bursting through your front door…
It’s also pretty dangerous; not only does it waste police time and resources, but all it takes is one jittery cop – or one anxious homeowner – and somebody innocent could be killed.
It can’t have been fun for Josh. As ABC News reported, police responded to a call that “someone at a residence on Hamilton Drive had shot their mother with an AK-47″.
The family reportedly cooperated with police, who quickly determined that it was a hoax call.
They are now investigating, hoping to find whoever made it, but with Josh being so suddenly internet famous, it might be a difficult job…