'Swatting' no prank to video game celebrities

'Swatting' no prank to video game celebrities

Alexander Wachs makes his living playing video games for the enjoyment of a vast online audience, and a few weeks ago, he was guiding an avatar through the zombie-infested wasteland of "DayZ" when loud thumps interrupted his adventure.

"Hold on, guys, give me a second here," Wachs said as he slipped off his headphones. "Give me one moment, guys."

A video capturing the session on the streaming website Twitch then cuts to Wachs' empty, spinning chair. Minutes later a well-armed Plainfield police officer in a bulletproof vest enters the frame, leading a drug dog as it sniffs around Wachs'...