Niles police probe suspicious call regarding Eastwood Mall

NILES — Police are contemplating whether a call made regarding the Eastwood Mall on Sunday was “swatting” or an attempt to observe police response.

According to a police report, Niles dispatchers received an anonymous call Sunday afternoon during which a man claimed “there was a person with a gun at the Eastwood Mall.”

The man, who said his name is Jason Roberts, was “very vague” during the call according to the report. Dispatchers had to ask “multiple questions” to draw information from the caller.

The caller stated he witness a white man with long hair and black pants place an AR15 firearm into a guitar case and enter the mall.

The caller reportedly told dispatchers he saw the man drive a black SUV and enter the mall at JCPenney.

Police searched the entire mall complex and “did not observe any males matching that description or any persons with a guitar case,” according to the report.

Officers asked mall employees if they saw anyone matching the description to which they said they did not.

A security guard at the mall supposedly claimed to have received a phone call around 2 p.m. from an unknown person who threatened to “shoot up the mall,” according to the report. Despite the call, security did not contact Niles Police.

The department is not sure if the call from the supposed Jason Roberts was from a real phone number.

The report has been forwarded to detectives.

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