A 13-year-old boy has been arrested in Camarillo, California after three instances of Swatting were tracked back to him. The teen, who can’t be named as he is a minor was arrested on the 17th March.
The first incident occurred on the 15th January where the target was an unnamed individual in New Jersey that the suspect met in an “online gaming community,” according to police. The report being made was that a home invasion was in progress and saw law enforcement in New Jersey learning that the call was a hoax and the call was tracked back to Camarillo, California.
The second report happened a day later where Camarillo police received an emergency call claiming that the caller was holding ten people hostage and “would blow up the house” if he didn’t receive a large sum of money. Police deployed to the location, only to find that the call was a hoax. The target of that incident was one of the suspect’s teachers, according to police.
On the 20th January, a third call was made. Camarillo police were informed of a hostage scenario similar to the second call. This time the target of the swatting was a female classmate.
The suspect was arrested on suspicion of reporting three false emergencies after police searched his home in Camarillo and found phone spoofing software on his computer from which he made the calls.
A California Law passed means that the teen and/or his parents could be forced to bear the full cost of the Ventura County Sheriff’s department and other emergency personnel being deployed which runs into the tens of thousands of dollars.