Police Respond To Prank Call Near Playboy Mansion

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Police on Thursday responded to an assault call near the Playboy mansion in Holmby Hills, Los Angeles Police Department officials confirmed with KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO.

Officers arrived at the residence along the 10200 block of Charing Cross Road about 6:15 a.m., according to LAPD spokesman Cleon Joseph.

KNX 1070’s Pete Demetriou reports upon their arrival, police found no evidence that a crime had occurred there.

Police Respond To Prank Call Near Playboy Mansion

The call is believed to be a prank call and not a so-called “swatting” hoax that similar to ones that have sent officers to the homes of celebrities such as Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus, according to the LAPD.

LAPD Commander Andrew Smith said this incident differed from such calls in that the pranksters did not specify multiple suspects with guns at the homes and used Internet connections to make the calls.

The hoaxes – named for often generating a SWAT team response – involve prank calls to police reporting a crime in progress at a particular location.

Detectives were working to track down the both the phone line and caller behind the prank.

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