A 12-year-old Calif. boy who was arrested last October after pulling a S.W.A.T. prank on “Two and Half Men” star Ashton Kutcher, was charged with several felonies on Thursday.
“Swatting” is a disturbing trend whereby a prankster will call the police and claim that a celebrity (or any person) is being held hostage in their home or that they have found a bomb at their location. S.W.A.T. teams will then descend upon the reported property potentially putting the residents in grave danger should that person leave their home, unaware that SWAT teams are in full storm mode.
The unidentified minor was charged with making false bomb threats and computer intrusions, however, other federal charges may be added once the FBI is finished with their investigation.
Recent victims of “swatting” have been the Kardashians, Justin Bieber, Tom Cruise and Chris Brown.
Typical swatting pranks cost villages about $10,000 in taxpayer’s money.