Police trying to find swatting suspect connected to call from car rented at Bradley Airport’s Thrifty
WINDSOR LOCKS–Police are investigating who caused a swatting incident on March 24.
On that day, Thrifty Car Rental’s roadside assistance phone center in Oklahoma received a call from a man stating he was in Seymour, Connecticut, and needed help with his car. He also said he had a bomb strapped to him like Osama bin Laden, and was driving to an airport.
The call operator got more information, and then called the Thrifty at Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks to notify them of the threat. The Windsor Locks Police Department was also notified.
Windsor Locks, Seymour and state police all responded to the address where the caller said he was. The person at the address was an adult online gamer, and police determined the incident was a bomb hoax, also known as a swatting incident, and that the gamer was a victim. No bomb was found.
The initial caller masked his identity with various technologies, and never specifically identified which airport he was driving to. Police are trying to determine his identity.