A juvenile has been arrested for placing a prank phone call that sent dozens of police officers to actor Ashton Kutcher's Hollywood Hills home in October on a false report of a home invasion and shooting.
The juvenile has been involved in other "swatting" incidents, including a similar case that took place at the home of Justin Bieber, in which false emergency calls reporting serious crimes in progress were made, the LAPD announced this week.
Hollywood detectives arrested the juvenile, who is from the Southern California region, on Dec. 10.
LAPD Officer Cleon Joseph said the initial report of trouble at Kutcher's home in October came via a teletype message—sent using a machine typically used by a person who is deaf or otherwise hearing-impaired—received at the department's Hollywood Station. The message reported that shots had been fired and that the person sending the message was hiding in a closet.
Police officers, including a SWAT team and helicopter crew, swarmed to the scene, but one of the actor's assistants came outside and said there was no trouble inside. Police searched the home anyway and determined the only people in the home were workers.
—City News Service contributed to this report.