Chicago woman charged with Warren Township swatting incident
A Chicago woman has been charged with a felony for sending police to a Warren Township residence near Gurnee on false accusations of a violent crime, authorities said Wednesday.
Keesha S. Ingram, 41, of the 7600 block of South Prairie Avenue, has been charged with one count of disorderly conduct for making a false 911 call for the purpose of transmitting a false alarm knowing there was no reasonable grounds for making the call, authorities said.
Police said a judge has issued a $25,000 arrest warrant for her.
Lake County Sheriff's deputies were dispatched at 5:15 a.m. on Dec. 11 to the 17600 block of Dawn Court in Warren Township for a report of a man threatening to shoot his wife, authorities said.
Deputies arrived and established a perimeter around the house, then made contact with the occupants, authorities said.
A man and woman exited the residence, and, after an interview with both individuals, deputies determined there was no indication of any acts of violence.
Authorities said deputies determined the call was a "swatting" incident: a prank call to police or fire departments in an attempt to bring a large number of response to a particular address.
Further investigation revealed Ingram was an acquaintance of the targeted victim, and believed the victim owed her money, authorities said. When the victim didn't provide payment, Ingram placed the swatting call to seek revenge, authorities said.
Authorities said the incident remains under investigation and additional charges are possible.