JumpStart by Robb Armstrong


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  1. Leo Autodidact

    Leo Autodidact said, over 2 years ago

    This HAS Happened – For REAL!


    SCOTTtheBADGER said, over 2 years ago

    HA! HA! HA! HA! HA!

  3. Stan King

    Stan King said, over 2 years ago

    When did they move to Ferguson, Missouri?

  4. Josh  Lyons

    Josh Lyons said, over 2 years ago

    @Leo Autodidact

    Yes, here in Atlanta this past Monday:

    MARIETTA, Ga. — A tense situation in a Marietta neighborhood kept streets closed and residents on edge for hours.

    It turned out to be an example of a crime plaguing departments across the country called “swatting.”

    When a 911 caller claimed a man inside a house off of Roswell Road had shot his mother and was armed with a rifle, police responded in force Friday sealing off the neighborhood, with fire and ambulance crews taking up positions nearby.

    “I was really scared. I’ve never seen so many police cars in one area, especially in this area. It’s so quiet,” neighbor Lynn Vella told Channel 2’s Ross Cavitt.

    After police surrounded the home, they got the attention of those inside, who were forced, one at a time, to come out with their hands up.

    “When they said we were getting Swatted I thought it was a joke. I was still in my boxers, ran down and there were guns to my head,” one of the victims told Cavitt.
    “It was pretty surreal man. Like they were like ‘back up, put your hands up.’ It’s like what you see in the movies. It’s pretty crazy,” said victim Devon Mark.

    Police told Cavitt that there were seven individuals inside the house and nobody was shot. They said the incident turned out to be a hoax phone call.

    Investigators said the seven people inside the home were professional online gamers and they had been the victims of Swatting.

    Swatting is an ongoing problem across the country that’s attracted the attention of the FBI and is common in the online gaming world.

    The gamers told Cavitt that tracking down the caller is almost impossible. Police said it puts a strain on resources.

    “Every time you take officers off of the beat to handle a hoax call, it creates a dangerous situation because something serious could be happening elsewhere,” said Officer Michael Bowman of the Cobb County Police Department.

    It took a while for word to filter through the neighborhood that the display of force was for nothing.

    “(I was) just worried about my family. (I wanted to) make sure everything’s okay. It’s just a shame for some kids to call in a hoax,” neighbor Steve Clemmer said.

    Police were planning to try and track down the caller but have hit dead ends.

    Swatting became such a problem in California, legislators enacted a new law that calls for jail time and for the caller to pay back police for the cost of their response, which often runs in the tens of thousands of dollars.

    The FBI is also investigating cases in other parts of the country.

  5. DOSQueen

    DOSQueen GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    I was on my way to the mall when I saw three heavy cruisers with flashing lights stopped at the intersection. I thought there had to have been accident but when I rolled by, it was just a bunch of police officers hassling a homeless panhandler. This situation definitely did not need that many cops.

  6. tmoverbeck

    tmoverbeck GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    At least it wasn’t a no-knock raid… :P

  7. AshburnStadium

    AshburnStadium said, over 2 years ago

    For those not familiar, there are two streets in Philly that should be numbered that were given names instead. What would be 1st St. is Front St. What would be 14th St. is Broad St.
    (John Street used to be the mayor)

  8. AshburnStadium

    AshburnStadium said, over 2 years ago

    Robb, you should know better being a Philly native. 5th St. (as are all numbered streets in Philly) is a north-south street. The dividing line between north and south is Market St.
    It goes all the way from the East Oak Lane neighborhood to South Philly, going through the very diverse neighborhood of Olney near the northern end.
    PA 611 is Broad St. (marked as “Avenue of the Arts” on the map, which is its alternate name in south Philly) on this map.

  9. Rodney Farrell

    Rodney Farrell GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    5th runs north-south, not east-west in Philly!

  10. felinefan55

    felinefan55 GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    Phoenix is numbered like that. from Central Avenue west it’s 7th Ave, 43rd Ave, etc., then if you go east from Central it’s 1st Street, 15th Street, etc. Everything north of Washington St is North such & such, and everything south is South such & such. The developers actually thought ahead when they made Phoenix. It’s pretty hard to get lost there as long as you have the north or south, street or avenue designation correct. Almost all the roads are straight lines. Grand Avenue runs diagonally through the town. It follows a railroad, so that is a bit of a pain since you have a 6-way intersection with a train adding a seventh complication.

  11. Mommeof3

    Mommeof3 said, over 2 years ago

    It happens to other agencies as well. Our house was built in 1973 and in 2004 the water dept. couldn’t figure out where to turn the water back on (lived out of town for awhile and people steal water there) when they went to the West side of the street instead of the East. The houses are numbered identically and they still can’t figure this out after all these years.

  12. Thomas Scott Roberts

    Thomas Scott Roberts GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago


    Maybe he did that on purpose to avoid pinpointing any real homes. Like the 555 exchange given to fictional phone numbers, because no real number is assigned that combination.

  13. Thomas Scott Roberts

    Thomas Scott Roberts GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    This could actually be traumatic. And in real life can sometimes lead to tragedies. Fortunately, Joe is a good cop, and acts with professionalism. But good cops don’t make the news.

  14. drickard

    drickard GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    I know comics are drawn many weeks before publication, but still: Really bad timing for this strip

  15. Kris Bennett

    Kris Bennett said, over 2 years ago

    This has happened at least once a month in Richmond…

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