Police in Las Vegas have arrested an alleged Swatter prankster according to reports. Swatting is the act of informing police of a crime which doesn’t exist against someone, usually streaming on Twitch. The report causes armed police or SWAT teams to attend the location while the person is streaming and is often caught as part of the stream suggesting those responsible are watching the event unfold.
Brandon Wilson was taken into custody in relation to a Swatting prank in July against a live streaming gamer on Twitch from Illinois where the prankster informed police of a fake murder. The report led to armed police teams raiding premises in Naperville, Illinois.
Wilson, who uses the gaming handle “Famed God”, is also suspected of involvement in numerous other swatting incidents according according to the Chicago Sun Times. He has been charged with computer tampering, intimidation, fraud and ID theft and if found guilty, he could spend up to five years in jail. Wilson is currently awaiting extradition to Illinois for trial.
Illinois State’s Attorney, James Glasgow has plans to craft legislation that would make Swatting a felony.
So far no one has been physically hurt by the police raids generated by the fake reports. However, the emotional toll is apparent in those that are victim to these fake calls as proven last week when Minnesota resident Joshua Peters was Swatted. Peters took time to respond to those responsible pleading with them, who he assumed were still watching, not to do it again after police pointed guns at his 10 year old brother when he answered the door.