The home invasion call police received regarding Ashton Kutcher’s Hollywood Hills home this morning was a hoax, and is instead considered another case of “swatting,” police told ABC News.
“Swatting” happens when a fake distress call is made and an emergency response team is dispatched to the scene. The name is derived from SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics), a type of emergency response team. Such calls are considered criminal.
In August, Miley Cyrus was believed to be the victim of a “swatting” prank. Authorities were called to her home following the report of a disturbance but found no sign of trouble.
In response to ABCNews.com’s request for comment, Kutcher’s rep referred to his Twitter feed, where he posted a picture from the set of “Two and a Half Men,” along with, “Safe an sound at two and a half men. Don’t miss tomorrow night 8:30.”
Earlier, a spokesman for the LAPD told ABCNews.com, “We did receive a call of a home invasion robbery and three people have been detained.”
Police did not say whether anyone was in the home at the time of the incident.
ABC News station KABC in Los Angeles shot footage of the three people leaving the home with their hands up.
ABC News’ Duan Perrin contributed to this report.