Young boy arrested in connection with Justin Bieber, Ashton Kutcher swatting prank calls

By Daniel S Levine,

The Los Angeles Police Department has a suspect in custody in connection with the ‘swatting’ prank calls that brought SWAT teams to the homes of Ashton Kutcher and Justin Bieber in October. It turns out that officials believe that it was a juvenile who pulled the pranks.

The Los Angeles Times reported that the unidentified boy was arrested on Dec. 10 at the Southern California home he shares with his parents. The LAPD refused to release any other information on the suspect.

“We take these incidents very seriously because of the tremendous potential for something tragic to occur,” LAPD Cmdr. Andrew Smith told the LA Times. “We are working with the city attorney's office to see if the parents of this boy can be held financially responsible for the cost of the police response.”

LAPD says that the suspect is no longer in custody, according to The Associated Press. Prosecutors are reviewing the case before they decide to pursue the suspect.

Kutcher and Bieber were victims of the pranks in early October, just days apart. In the Kutcher case, the caller said he had heard shots being fired and police rushed to the scene to find no one injured.

Miley Cyrus was a victim in August and police do not suspect that the boy had any connection with that case. Simon Cowell was also a victim of a similar prank last month.

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