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Arrest Made in SWATting Cases of Justin Bieber and Ashton Kutcher

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 5:10 pm

Score one for the LAPD:

Los Angeles police arrested an unidentified juvenile in a series of “swatting” incidents that targeted celebrities, including actor Ashton Kutcher and singer Justin Bieber, department officials said Tuesday.

Authorities would say only that the suspect was arrested Dec. 10 at his parents’ Southern California home. They would not release additional details about his identity, exact age or background. The LAPD, which investigated the case with the Long Beach Police Department and FBI, cautioned that the investigation was ongoing.

LAPD Cmdr. Andrew Smith said investigators have strong evidence linking the boy to several incidents involving calls or electronic messages that were sent to police and prompted a tactical response including call-outs of SWAT officers, hence the term “swatting.”

The boy targeted Kutcher and Bieber, as well as several other victims that included local businesses, according to Smith. Investigators do not believe at this time that Miley Cyrus, whose residence also was targeted in a “swatting” hoax, was part of the boy’s alleged pranks.

Excellent news.


  1. Excellent news.

    Be a lot *more* excellent if they spent half the time looking into *your* SWATting.

    I mean, Bieber and Kutcher can both afford private investigators to chase down their assailants.

    Comment by IGotBupkis, Legally Defined Cyberbully in All 57 States (8e2a3d) — 12/18/2012 @ 5:30 pm

  2. So it’s a punk.

    Comment by nk (875f57) — 12/18/2012 @ 6:57 pm

  3. There’s no bail for juneviles. He can try SWATting his gang-member cellmates

    Comment by nk (875f57) — 12/18/2012 @ 7:00 pm

  4. So it’s a punk.

    Comment by nk (875f57)

    Of course. Only a pathetic loser would use that kind of tactic.

    I’m glad mainly because this might help reduce copycats. Igotbupkis is right.

    Comment by Dustin (73fead) — 12/18/2012 @ 7:34 pm

  5. Dustin,

    Or a Union Thug who thinks you can never hurt a scab enough.

    Comment by PCD (1d8b6d) — 12/19/2012 @ 6:24 am

  6. for me justin bieber is a good singer and also a success story…

    Look at all of the freshest write-up on our very own blog site

    Comment by Madelyn Omtiveros (c23e98) — 1/17/2013 @ 3:12 am

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