Los Angeles - Police have arrested a juvenile they say is responsible for making prank calls that reported violence at the homes of Justin Bieber and Ashton Kutcher and led officers to respond in force to the stars' homes.
The Los Angeles Police Department on Tuesday refused to provide any details about the suspect, who was arrested on 10 December and is no longer in custody.
Prosecutors were reviewing a possible case against the person, who police say may be responsible for multiple hoax calls intended to provoke large police responses.
The practice has been dubbed "swatting" because the calls are intended to get multiple officers, including specialised SWAT teams, sent to a home.
"The swatting practice is extremely dangerous and places first responders and citizens in harm's way," police said in a news release.
Police said the person reported multiple people had been shot at Kutcher's home on 3 October and reported shots fired at Bieber's home a week later. The celebrities were not home at the time, and officers determined that no one was injured.
The fake distress calls were made through an electronic system.
In a news release, police said multiple agencies including the FBI and Long Beach Police Department were involved in the investigation.
Long Beach detectives who investigate cybercrimes were consulted and the agency was not involved in the arrest. Police would only say the juvenile lives in the Southern California area.
The person is suspected of being involved in other "swatting" incidents, but police did not say whether they involved celebrities. Similar hoax calls have been made involving the homes of Miley Cyrus and Simon Cowell.
24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.
David Beckham and Queen Elizabeth reunited when they shook hands at the Queen’s Young Leaders Awards. Read More »
Queen Elizabeth II sent a tweet for only the second time to thank people who offered her 90th birthday messages on social media. Read More »
24 quick questions.
South AfricaCity Press
Cape TownCity Press
HousesR 1 750 000
FarmsR 22 000 000
HousesR 2 280 000