EAST MEADOW - An East Meadow teen is being charged as an adult for allegedly making a false report to police about a man with a gun at a park.
Police say Andrew Denton called 911 Monday and falsely reported that there was a man with a rifle walking through Brady Park in Massapequa.
The Bureau of Special Operations and Nassau's aviation unit were quickly dispatched, but they found nothing after 45 minutes.
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Denton was arrested Tuesday night at his home. Police believe he was part of a national trend called “swatting,” which aims to garner a huge police presence over a fake hostage situation or potential violent situation.
At the time of his arrest, police say the 17-year-old had a pocket knife in his possession. He was charged with criminal weapon possession and falsely reporting an incident.
Denton is due back in court on April 15.