UK man charged with swatting a US streamer, getting him shot in the face with rubber bullets

Tyran Dobbs

A 21-year-old from Coventry, UK, is the first British person to be charged over a swatting incident. Allegedly, Robert McDaid posed as another man from Maryland, US, and called the terrorism hotline claiming to have a gun, explosives, and hostages. 

McDaid is accused of saying his name was Tyran Dobbs, and threatening to kill all three hostages if police didn’t deliver $15,000 to Dobbs’ address. 

As a result, Dobbs’ home was raided by armed police. The 20-year old was shot in the face and chest with rubber bullets. Bones in the young man’s face were broken and his lungs were bruised from the assault.

Investigators realised the call was a hoax, so they traced it to McDaid. The British man faces three charges from the US, adding up to a potential 20-year prison sentence.

The “prank” was allegedly done in collusion with an American gamer called Zachary Lee, who requested McDaid called the hoax in. According to the investigators, McDaid responded “I’ll do it when I’m up”. Lee is facing the same charges.

“We are working with officials in the UK to ensure that Robert McDaid is held accountable for his alleged actions because the alleged criminal activity represents a grave threat to public safety,” said Maryland US prosecutor Rod Rosenstein, via The Independent

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1 Month ago

The police who shot first then investigated second should be charged with harsher offenses than the jack-off who called in the hoax.

Then again, it happened in Maryland. The same state where the police killed Freddie Grey in the back of one of their vans almost 2 years ago to the day and walked away without any repercussion.

Stay classy America (and hope you get born white).

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1 Month ago

How the hell did this happen? I mean didn't they investigate before charging in? Why would they shoot him if he didn't have weapon?

I mean everything about police behaviour says amateurish. Heck even SWAT games give you penalties if you rubber bullet innocent.

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1 Month ago

Good. And no probation. Those idiots could get someone killed.

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1 Month ago

A 20 year sentence is not gonna achieve anything though.

Definitely put them into prison for a few months, that'll scare them smart, but come on, if you put a 21-year old into prison for years for something like this, the only thing you'll get is a proper criminal when he gets out.

Or, if he can't be helped, throw him into a volcano.

Don't just lock him up with criminals though.

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1 Month ago

How is he not already a proper criminal? He's playing games with people's lives. He told the police that the victim was ready to kill three hostages!! How can you possibly explain that there was any intentions, other than serious harm to come to the victim.

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1 Month ago

Very easily, but I don't have the time.

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