2 Md. teens accused of false tweets about crime in Cobb Co.
by Hannah Morgan
January 10, 2014 11:40 PM | 1956 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
MARIETTA — A pair of Maryland teenagers are accused of being behind a series of false tweets that led Cobb County police on a wild goose chase New Year’s Day.

Cobb Police were alerted by media outlets in New York to the tweets, which detailed a reported rape and murder at an address in Kennesaw off Wade Green Road, said Sgt. Dana Pierce with the county’s police department.

Police believe one of the tweeters made up the address of the home.

There was also a photo tweeted of a person lying on the floor in what looked like a pool of vomit, he added.

Pierce said police went out to the home to investigate.

“We take everything very seriously,” he said.

When the police arrived at the home, the owner was not there, and Pierce said police found a family member inside feeding the owner’s dogs.

The rooms in the home did not match the room depicted in the tweeted photo, Pierce said.

“It was all a hoax,” said Acworth Police Capt. Mark Cheatham.

Police do not know how the teenagers, who were tracked back to Bowie, Md., got the address of the Cobb County home or the false photos.

“Never ever believe anything on social media unless you can factually prove it,” Pierce said.

Cobb Police turned the investigation over to the Bowie Police Department once they concluded the tweets were false.

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