'SWATing"- making prank calls to police in an effort to get the SWAT Team to respond, has become more than a nuisance to area police. Arraignment was postponed today for a 12-year-old
boy accused of making prank calls that prompted a large police response to the
home of actor Ashton Kutcher in October and then to a Well Fargo Bank branch a
The boy, whose name was being withheld due to his age, was charged Thursday with two felony counts each of making false bomb threats and computer intrusion. The boy will not be back in court until early March.On Oct. 3, police responded en masse to Police responded in a large contingent to Kutcher's Hollywood Hills home upon receiving a report that people were inside the home with guns and explosives,. There was also the belief that some shots had been fired. after receiving . The call turned out to be a hoax.
Kutcher was not home at the time, and the actor posted a picture on Twitter
from the set of ``Two and a Half Men.'' The District Attorney's Office says, a similar call on Oct. 10
sent police to a Wells Fargo branch on Wilshire Boulevard.
When he was arrested, police said the boy may be linked to other so-
called ``swatting'' hoaxes, which involve prank calls to police reporting a
crime in progress at a particular location, with the intent of drawing a major
response from police, including a SWAT team.
'Swatting' calls in recent months have sent police to the homes of
celebrities such as Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus.