Brandon Wilson, also known by his online handle “Famed God,” was arrested in Nevada on Thursday and is awaiting extradition to Illinois to face charges on instigating a SWATting incident in Naperville, Illinois.
The 19 year old was arrested, according to the Chicago Sun-Times, at his home in Las Vegas, according to a statement from the Will County state attorney’s office. Wilson was arrested after a joint force of Naperville and Las Vegas police searched his house while serving a search warrant for evidence related to a SWATting incident on July 10, 2014. According to Polygon, he is charged with reporting a murder to Naperville police, resulting in an armed police response. No crime was found when police arrived.
Upon being interviewed by police and the FBI, Brandon Wilson was arrested. “Famed God” is scheduled to appear in court Monday to determine the extradition request to Illinois.
SWATting is a dangerous prank that has sadly seen a slight uptick in its use. The incident earned its name from when a disreputable individual creates a false report to authorities, usually by calling 911 and claiming a violent crime is taking place in the hopes that a SWAT team will show up and scare the target. As of yet, there have been no fatal accidents from the practice, but there have been close calls, including one that the Inquisitr covered yesterday as a SWAT team was called to an ex-military resident’s house and held a gun to his younger brother’s head.
“Famed God” is also alleged to have hacked into video game consoles of two other individuals — one other located in Naperville, the other from Plainfield, according to the statement from State Attorney James Glasgow. Wilson also threatened the Naperville resident with accessing his personal bank account and stealing his Social Security accounts, as well as putting the person’s father “in debt for life.” Evidence of similar activity across the country was also found on the computers seized in the search warrant according to prosecutors.
Calling the practice a “dangerous prank,” Mr. Glasgow is planning to introduce legislation that would make swatting a felony in Illinois, that would also make those convicted of the crime liable for all the costs of the emergency response. Wilson is facing two counts of computer tampering and one count of intimidation, computer fraud, identify theft, and disorderly conduct. If convicted, he faces up to five years in prison in Illinois, according to the state attorney’s office.
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