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Ashton Kutcher ‘Swatting’ Suspect Is Only 12 Years Old

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Los Angeles, CA – The suspect recently apprehended in the Ashton Kutcher and Justin Bieber “swatting” case is reportedly only 12 years old.

Authorities said the boy spends most of his days sitting at his computer instead of hanging out with friends or attending school. According to TMZ, the pre-teen hacker currently resides with his mother in California.

Rumors also suggest the 12-year-old suspect is currently living in a very unstable environment. In fact, authorities are currently in the process of removing the child from his mother’s care. Authorities describe the family as “incredibly dysfunctional.”

The San Jose Mercury News reports the suspect often wiles away the hours communicating with other hackers on the internet. Authorities are convinced this is how the unidentified juvenile was able to obtain the addresses of his celebrity targets.

At present, police say the boy has not been charged with any crimes.

“It’s currently still under investigation; our detectives are in contact with the LAPD detectives in regard to their arrest,” Beverly Hills Police Lieutenant Lincoln Hoshino explained.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, a number of celebrities and businesses have been targeted by hackers over the past 12 months. In addition to Ashton Kutcher and Justin Bieber, someone decided to play these dangerous pranks on Miley Cyrus and Simon Cowell.

Police told CNN that “swatting” occurs when “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 [to arrive.] The swatting practice is extremely dangerous and places first responders and citizens in harm’s way.”

Although no one has been hurt as a result of the prank calls as of this writing, authorities are concerned that someone could get seriously injured during these “swatting” incidents. Police also stated they were currently looking into other suspects.

What do you think should happen to the 12-year-old boy accused of “swatting” Ashton Kutcher and Justin Bieber?

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22 Responses to “Ashton Kutcher ‘Swatting’ Suspect Is Only 12 Years Old”

  1. Carrie Carlile McNulty

    First take him out of the home in which he resides and place him in a mental facility as he is obviously a distubed child. Second charge him with the crime that he just commited. Make his parents pay a fine of restitution to the County.

  2. Mandy Rossi

    so when a 911 call is really made and celebrities want to cover up what happened, now they can say they have been "swatted"? we have seen famous people get away with so much, I think it is only natural to find this "suspect".

  3. Sandi Dobie

    People don't automatically get thrown in a "mental facility" for misdeeds. Really?? Half the country would be in there. He's 12 years old. Do you remember being 12 years old? I would think removing him from his incredibly dysfunctional environment and getting him into school and surrounding him with people who actually care about his well being and education will be enough. Too much time on his hands and no guidance obviously.

  4. Celestar Burgess

    I agree but I do think he needs to be at least tested for any mental disabilities just so that can be ruled out (if he has none) …I mean after what happened in Newton, rather be safe than sorry.

  5. Deborah McClintock

    Ashton's Pranks…..think about that for a moment. Take away the video games, Call of Duty for an example. Take away the DS's, phones, ipads for children. You go out and everyone is on an instrument of some kind. No communication with each other at all. That includes adults. Go to a restaurant….all you see eveyone texting, playing games on their phones, ipads, computers. No one can even sit down and talk. You wonder why there is an epicdemic of acting out. Just mimic what they see.

  6. Lewisa Figurative Sculpture

    I totally agree Sandi. Have a heart people it's not his fault he grew up with family issues surrounding him. Get him help and love. Every child neds to feel and know they are loved unconditionally.

  7. Fritz Wickert

    police should confiscate his computer PERMANENTLY, and forbid him from using on for 5 years, with the exception of computers aat school , SO LONG AS IT IS SCHOOL BASED WORK, and on a computer that doesn't not allow him to install anything of that nature , or peruse/harass others, not to mention communicating with his hacker friends.

    as for other prosecution , depending on living circumstances , remove him from his current residence, and maybe 1-2 yrs in juvenile hall.

    considering he has done this god knows how many times , it wasnt a single offense.

  8. Susan Gartin-Betts

    What the heck is "swatting"? Prank phone calls? OMG we used to do that when we were kids. Remember calling stores and asking if they had Prince Albert in a Can? The tobacco product? Answer: Well you better let him out. That is 12 year pranks. Now you get taken out of your home for this? Exactly what is the definition of a dysfunctional family (I'm pretty sure that is all of us these days) The only swatting that should be going on is to the seat of that young man's pants.

  9. Susan Gartin-Betts

    Ooops I see that it is Emergency phone numbers. Well yes, punish him but let's not make a federal case out of it. After all he is only 12 and the emergency respondents should have verified the call if it is a celebrity.

  10. Susan Gartin-Betts

    Well see a counselor never hurt anyone but he is just 12 and probably doesn't really grasp the impact of what he did. Check that family situation too. I bet that they are not a dysfunctional as the hyped up media would like to portray them. I am sure the emergency folks are a bit embarassed as well. This is not a federal case people he is only freaking 12.

  11. Susan Gartin-Betts

    Thinking a bit in overkill aren't you? It' a prank phone call for heaven's sake. He wasn't doing anything violent. It would not hurt to have him seen by a mental health professional and get that family back on track if they need to. He is 12 not 20 big difference Claire. I suppose when you were a kid you never made a prank phone call? Come on!

  12. Anonymous

    Susan Gartin-Betts Overkill?? you're kidding right…that's what's wrong with people in this country these days. The police went to the house with guns drawn, thinking something was horribly wrong…what happens if a neighbor panics and runs out into the line of fire and the police shoot him thinking he's the suspect running at them?? No such thing as overkill…not after Newtown!!! No way…no way!

  13. Chris Hoff

    Do not rush to judgment on taking this kid away from his family. In Calif over 85% of foaster kids wind up on drugs, imprisoned or dead shortly after being emancipated from the system. The government is a machine and does not always know or care what is truly in the best interest of a child. Of course there should be punishment of this kid and restitution if any from the parents.

  14. Carrie Carlile McNulty

    In my humble opinion "I truly believe that at age 12 to commit some crime such as this the child MUST have some mental ISSUES" Yes test him first, but put him where he cannot hurt others or himself!!! At least he has a chance for rehabilitation if his troubles are dealt with by Mental Professionals, if he were to go to Juvinille Hall he would be overlooked just as they system in his own town did!!! I think that this kid knows exactly what he did, he is 12 not 2!!!