Arrest Made in Series of Celebrity Swatting Cases
LOS ANGELES — Police have announced the arrest of a juvenile in connection with a series of swatting incidents targeting celebrity homes.
In one such incident on October 3, LAPD officers assigned to the Hollywood Division responded to a call for service at a residence on Arrowhead Drive.
The comments of the call advised that there were individuals inside the location with guns and explosives, and that several people had been shot.
The on scene investigation determined the call was a hoax.
In addition, it was learned that the location is the home of actor Ashton Kutcher.
In all, dozens of emergency personnel responded to the location.
On December 10, 2012, Hollywood Detectives arrested a juvenile from the Southern California region for the Ashton Kutcher swatting incident, as well as a similar swatting incident that took place at the home of Justin Bieber on Oct. 10.
Other swatting incidents involving this individual have been identified.
But, investigators do not believe at this time that Miley Cyrus, whose residence also was targeted in a “swatting” hoax, was part of the juvenile’s alleged pranks.
The case has been presented to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office for review and filing consideration.