Oh no! Joshua Holz, the teen who filmed the amazing ‘Damn Daniel’ viral video, became a victim of ‘swatting’ on Feb. 23! Police rushed to Josh’s home in Riverside after someone made the bogus claim he shot his mother with an AK-47!
This is not cool at all! Josh Holz and Daniel Lara became overnight superstars thanks to his “Damn Daniel” video. Someone certainly isn’t a fan, because Josh became the victim of a “swatting” prank that had the police swarm his family home!
Police responded to a distress call around 1 a.m. on Feb. 23, according to ABC 7 News. Some cruel jokester claimed that someone at a residence on Hamilton Drive in Riverside had shot their mother with an AK-47. The police quickly arrived at the home, and after the family cooperated, the authorities discovered that the call was bogus. Though ABC7 News didn’t specifically mention Josh’s name, he is the one who filmed and posted the viral video that’s taking over the Internet.
This prank is sadly another case of “swatting,” or when someone convinces the authorities – aka the police – of sending out an emergency response for a fake incident. Usually, the SWAT team needs to be involved, thus the name, “swatting.”
Plenty of celebrities have been victims of swatting. Lil Wayne’s, 33, home was swarmed by police in a March 2015 swatting incident. Justin Timberlake, 35, and Justin Bieber, 21, are also victims of this sick joke. It seems that Daniel and Josh are now famous enough to “swatted” by their haters.
These pranks are usually spurred by revenge, according to Riverside police Lt. Kevin Townsend. “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.” The police officer also said that ever since “Damn Daniel” became popular, the family has received “strange phone calls and emails” and that this swatting prank was “just another incident for [the] family.”
Daniel and Josh might not be so “stoked” with their fame after this incident. The two became the most famous teens in Riverside after their viral video blew up. While people generally loved the “Damn Daniel” vid, making memes, sending wedding proposals and shouting the catchphrase whenever they could, it seems someone wasn’t digging Daniel and his white Vans.
Are you glad Daniel and Josh are okay, HollywoodLifers? Who do you think would pull such a prank?