A 13-year-old boy, clearly having not matured enough to develop a conscience, has admitted to the police that he was behind three instances of swatting.
The news was first reported by Ars Technica. The boy, whose identity has not been disclosed because of his age, was revealed to be living in Southern California after a swatting call he made to a rival Minecraft player in New Jersey was traced back to his Camarillo, California address.
Police did so by tracing the IP address from the VOIP call he made, and later found phone spoofing software on his computer.
The boy confessed that he was responsible for two other swatting calls, both of them in Ventura County, California, not too far from where he lives. In one of these calls, he threatened to blow up a house containing hostages in a suburban area.
Speaking to Ars, Detective Gene Martinez of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department said:
The Camarillo incident there were 20-plus officers there. I was at that call. We basically surrounded the house. The caller reported there were 10 hostages in the house and demanded $30,000 in cash or he would blow up the house.
As a minor, the boy has been released to his parents’ custody and is awaiting a juvenile court hearing scheduled for next month. He is likely to be put on probation, although quite frankly a sustained spanking and revoking of all electronic gadgets should be in order.
Swatting, in case you didn’t know, involves fraudulently calling the police to report a very serious crime happening at a particular address. The seriousness of the reported crime often brings down the local PD’s SWAT team, hence the name. It has become a serious occurrence in online gaming, with sore losers enacting vengeance on their opponents by finding their home addresses and calling the police on them.
This 13 year old boy is the second swatter to be caught in as many months, as last month a 19-year-old Las Vegas teen named Brandon Wilson was arrested after swatting Joshua Peters, who was streaming online via Twitch when everything went down.