The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) has a suspect in custody in connection with the ‘swatting’ prank calls that brought cops to the homes of Justin Bieber & Ashton Kutcher in October. It turns out that officials believe that it was a kid 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.
LAPD Cmdr. Andrew Smith told the LA Times:
“We take these incidents very seriously because of the tremendous potential for something tragic to occur. 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. Prosecutors are reviewing the case before they decide to pursue the suspect.
Justin and Ashton Kutcher were victims of the pranks in early October, just days apart. In the case, the caller said he had heard shots being fired and police rushed to the scene to find — no one injured.