Ashton Kutcher hoax: 12-year-old boy charged in 'swatting' incident
A 12-year-old boy has been charged with making a prank 911 call about a made-up dangerous situation in the home of Ashton Kutcher, which marked one of several "swatting" incidents involving celebrities that have been reported to Los Angeles authorities over the past few months.
Los Angeles authorities say that pre-teen had on October 3 using teletype, a non-traceable online phone service used by the deaf, to report what he said was a woman hiding in a closet in the actor's house to avoid a gunman. Police arrived at the scene, surrounded the home with their guns drawn, and found no one suspicious. Kutcher was not there at the time.
The boy was arrested in December and charged by the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office on Thursday, February 7 with two felony counts of computer intrusion and making fake bomb threats, the Associated Press reported. Prosecutors also say he was responsible for another fake emergency call involving a bank. The boy's name was not released due to his age.
"Swatting" occurs when computer hackers use technology to make false emergency calls about serious crimes in progress, which could spur a large number of first responders -- namely members of a SWAT team -- to rush to the scene.
An acquaintance of Kutcher's was at his home when police arrived to investigate the origin of the fake call and notified the "Two and a Half Men" actor about the incident. Kutcher later let fans know he was not involved in the hoax, Tweeting, "Safe an sound at two and a half men. Don't miss tomorrow night 8:30."