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RogerHernandez4.JPGThe cellphones of California Capitol insiders were buzzing early Thursday with the words "Hernandez" and "police," making for an enticing rumor.

Witnesses said they saw police entering loft apartments near the state Capitol and that one of them belonged to someone with the last name of Hernandez.

That sparked speculation -- and what some described as a texting frenzy -- about an incident involving Assemblyman Roger Hernandez, D-West Covina, who lives in the building where police were seen.

Hernandez has been the subject of several accusations of criminal or ethical misconduct in the past few years.

But Thursday?

"No. Not me," Hernandez told The Bee.

Turns out, police entered a loft rented as office space by someone else named Hernandez -- Ignacio Hernandez, a lobbyist who works for the California Attorneys for Criminal Justice.

Witnesses said they thought they heard police say it was a case of what's called swatting, or filing a false report that sends officers to an unsuspecting person's residence

Ignacio Hernandez's defense attorney group is opposing a measure to stiffen penalties for swatting. Senate Bill 333 is awaiting an Assembly floor vote.

Was it related?

Nope, said Sacramento Police Department spokesman Officer Doug Morse on Thursday.

Police had investigated a call involving not swatting, but squatting -- as in a transient person causing a disturbance in the building.

However, police said Friday that the mix up was more likely related to a medical aid call at the apartment building. Officers responded to a suspicious circumstances call involving an alleged assault that was later determined to be unfounded.

While investigating, officers forced entry into Ignacio Hernandez's unoccupied office. However, the incident was unrelated to the lobbyist or Assemblyman and was not a case of swatting.

"Rumors, nobody's got time for that," Ignacio Hernandez said.

Editor's note: This post was updated at 10 a.m.

PHOTO: Assemblyman Roger Hernandez listens to colleagues at the California state Capitol in Sacramento on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013. The Sacramento Bee/ Randall Benton


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