Police Called To The Home Of The Damn Daniel Meme Creator After Hoax Shooting Call
If you haven't heard of Damn Daniel and his white vans then you clearly haven't been anywhere near the internet this week as the Snapchat video turned meme has officially gone viral.
But while American teenagers Daniel Lara and Josh Holz have shot to internet fame, they've also been experiencing the downside of notoriety after someone called the FBI on the Holz family, reportedly with hoax claims that someone had "shot their mother with an AK-47".
According to Los Angeles' ABC News, while this turned about to be nothing more than a fake call, police did attend the scene after the 911 call, which came in at around 1.10AM in the early hours of Tuesday morning.
After learning of the connection of Josh to the Damn Daniel meme, police have now said that they suspect the call could be connected to the boys' new found fame.
"A person called Riverside Police Department dispatch center and used some kind of a voice modification device and reported that he had shot his mother," police Lt. Kevin Townsend said of the prank, which is referred to as 'swatting' and which is treated as a misdemeanor crime.
"They tend to be, for us, revenge in some way. Once we're able to track down who made the call, it's someone trying to get back at someone, whether it be an ex or something like that but that's what it seems like - exes or teenagers," Townsend explained to the news station.
"We believe and the family believes that since their video went viral, it's somehow connected," he added. "Ever since their video has gone out there, they've received a number of what they call strange phone calls and emails, and a lot of strange things happening so tonight was just another incident for their family."
Pretty scary stuff, right? While the crime is still under investigation, it's worth noting how serious such an act is as the punishment for this type of crime can be up to a year in prison.
Meanwhile, it's not all bad news as Daniel and Josh did get invited into The Ellen Show for a visit this week and naturally she was working a pair of white vans for the occasion...
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