Northwestern University Swatting Investigation Update



March 15, 2018

Contact: Commander Ryan Glew - Media Relations
Phone:   (847) 866-5026





On Wednesday, March 14, 2018, at approximately 02:17 PM, the Evanston Police Department received a call from a subject stating that he had just shot his girlfriend and that he was still armed.  The caller provided a first and last name and gave the location of occurrence as 1915 Maple Ave., Evanston IL, Northwestern University's Engelhart Graduate Residence Hall. 

Evanston and Northwestern University Police responded to the incident.  The area and the building were secured.  The apartment number that was provided by the caller, the alleged scene, was entered and found to be vacant.   The building and area were thoroughly checked with no scene, victim, or gunman being located.  After approximately 2 hours it was determined to be a swatting incident and the area was declared secure.

The named individual the suspect claimed to be when the suspect called was located.  It was determined that he was unharmed.  The girlfriend was also located and she was also unharmed.  Both victims, the named individual and his girlfriend, were unaware of the incident.

A suspect is not in custody at this time.  The Evanston Police Department is investigating the incident.  Anyone with information is asked to contact the Evanston Police Department at (847) 866-5040 or utilize Text-A-Tip by texting CRIMES (274637) and entering EPDTIP in the message line, followed by the tip information.  









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