The boy responsible for placing false 911 phone calls that sent SWAT teams to Justin and Ashton’s homes, among others, has been arrested by the Los Angeles Police Department, according to a new report! Read on for all the details.
An unidentified juvenile male has been arrested upon suspicion of being the person responsible for the false 911 phone calls that sent SWAT teams to the homes of Justin Bieber and Ashton Kutcher, among others, in early October of this year. The boy believed guilty of the “swatting” pranks was arrested by the Los Angeles Police Department on Dec. 10 at his parent’s home in Southern California.
The LAPD’s Response
The Los Angeles Times reports that the LAPD, who investigated the case in conjunction with the Long Beach Police Department and the FBI, would not release any additional details about the boy’s identity, exact age, or background, warning that the investigation was still ongoing.
LAPD Cmdr. Andrew Smith said that investigators have “strong evidence” that links the boy to the incidents at both Justin and Ashton’s homes, as well as several other incidents that occurred at local businesses. At this time, it is not believed that the suspect is responsible for a similar prank targeting Miley Cyrus‘ house.
“We take these incidents very seriously because of the tremendous potential for something tragic to occur,” Cmdr. Smith said. “We are working with the city attorney’s office to see if the parents of this boy can be held financially responsible for the cost of the police response.”
Details Of The Incident At Justin Bieber’s House
The incident at Justin’s property occurred on Oct. 10, when L.A. County sheriff’s deputies received a report that claimed an armed gunman had fired rounds and threatened harm to cops when they arrived. This report was received through a TTY device, which is used for the deaf and hard-of-hearing community to communicate through typed text over the telephone.
When the deputies arrived in force, unaware it was Justin’s home, they searched the property and interviewed people present, all of whom claimed no call was made to the police and that Justin was away on tour at the time. The incident was ruled a hoax.
It appears the boy’s method of operation was the TTY device, as it was used to perpetrate the call in the case involving Ashton’s home, as well.
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— Billy Nilles
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