April Fools’ Day “swatting” call to Savannah, Tennessee home is no laughing matter

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SAVANNAH, Tenn -- A West Tennessee mother and her son are victims of a frightening April Fools' Day joke.

A prank phone call into the Savannah, Tennessee Police Department sends an army of lawmen to their door after someone called saying he was holding a family hostage.

This kind of prank is called "swatting" and is intended to get law enforcement to make an "all out" response to a certain location.

Police believe the caller was able to hide his real phone number, showing the victim's number instead.

In this case it worked, but the show of force by Savannah Police, Hardin County Deputies and the Tennessee Highway Patrol created some very tense moments.

"I wake up to them coming into my bedroom shinning lights in my eyes. And I didn't know what was going on," said Brent Taylor, a victim of April Fools' "swatting" call.

It was a frightening April Fools' night for Brent Taylor.

He and his mother live in on Central Avenue in Savannah, Tennessee.

An army of lawmen swarmed the Taylor's home after receiving a call there was a hostage situation inside.

"My health is not that good, I'm 74," said Alma Taylor,  a victim of April Fools' "swatting" call.

Alma Taylor said she and her son had gone to bed hours before someone started pounding on their front door.

Alma opened the door and couldn't believe what she saw.

"There was lights flashing and lights everywhere. I mean all up and down the street, from one end as far as I  could see to the other," said Alma Taylor,  a victim of April Fools' "swatting" call.

She was told  a young man had called Police and told them he'd taken his mother and sister hostage, knifed his father and was armed with a shotgun and an M-16.

Alma asked why Police and Deputies were at her home.

"He said, 'this is where we're supposed to be, right here. It's happening here.'  He said, 'are you ok?' And I said, yes,' said Alma Taylor,  a victim of April Fools' "swatting" call.

Audra Simpson lives on Central Avenue and was shocked by the commotion April Fools' night.

"It's quiet. There's two cops that live down the road. It's scary," said Audra Simpson.

Brent Taylor said he has no idea who would do such a thing and that he and his mother rarely leave their house.

Taylor said he has listened to the Police Department's recording of the call, and it sends chills down his spine.

"His voice, the way he was taunting them to come, you know.  It was like he was daring them to show up," said Brent Taylor, a victim of April Fools' "swatting" call.

Police quickly cleared the Taylor's of any connection to the call, which Taylor said made for a very a dangerous situation in which someone could have been hurt.

"Cause this was no April Fools' prank. This affected her and me both," said Brent Taylor, a victim of April Fools' "swatting" call.

Savannah Police plan to charge the "swatting" caller with reckless endangerment and making a false report...when they find him.

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