The Los Angeles Police Department has announced they have made an arrest in the SWATings of Ashton Kutcher and Justin Beiber after serving “numerous” search warrants and working with both the FBI and the Long Beach Police Department.
The Kutcher incident happened in October, and according to an LAPD Press Release:
Their preliminary investigation revealed the call was a “swatting” incident, a term used to describe how computer hackers utilize their skills to place false emergency calls of serious crimes in progress to law enforcement and fire dispatch centers, thus causing a large number of first responders. The swatting practice is extremely dangerous and places first responders and citizens in harm’s way.
Hollywood Detectives served numerous search warrants, including several outside of Los Angeles County. On December 10, 2012, Hollywood Detectives arrested a juvenile from the Southern California region for the Ashton Kutcher swatting incident, as well as a similar swatting incident that took place at the home of Justin Bieber. Other swatting incidents involving this individual have been identified.
The Los Angeles Police Department worked in conjunction with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Long Beach Police Department to bring this case to a successful conclusion. The case has been presented to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office for review and filing consideration.
It seems this swift justice as a result of collaboration with multiple law enforcement agencies is due to America’s celebrity class. However, as Breitbart News reported in June, conservatives were the target of SWATing beginning in 2011. Despite 85 members of Congress sending a letter to Eric Holder about that issue, no arrests have been made.