12-year-old boy charged in Ashton Kutcher swatting case

By Elizabeth O'Laughlin,

A 12-year-old boy was charged Thursday with multiple felony counts of making false bomb threats and computer intrusion after allegedly reporting fake emergencies at Ashton Kutcher’s house as well as a Los Angeles Wells Fargo bank.

On October 3, the LAPD dispatched helicopters and other expensive police resources after receiving word from the boy of a possible hostage situation at Kutcher’s house. It wasn’t until later that the police realized it was a hoax, according to E! News.

The boy’s name has not been released due to his age, but he is scheduled to be arraigned in court on Friday, according to The Associated Press.

These prank 911 calls, which have affected other celebrities such as Chris Brown, Justin Bieber, and Tom Cruise, have come to be called “swatting.” The pranksters’ main goal is to have SWAT teams sent to houses due to their dramatic fake calls.

Incidentally, Thursday was also Ashton Kutcher’s 35th birthday. Happy birthday to him!

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