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Boy admits 'swatting' Ashton Kutcher, Justin Bieber

By Alan Duke
updated 11:23 AM EDT, Tue March 12, 2013
Comedian Russell Brand's Hollywood home is reportedly the latest target of celebrity "swatting," in which false 911 calls are made reporting incidents at celebrities' homes. <a href='http://www.cnn.com/2013/04/08/showbiz/russell-brand-swatted/index.html?hpt=hp_c3'>Los Angeles police went to Brand's home</a> at 3:35 p.m. on Monday, April 8, in response to a call about an armed man being at his residence, but determined it was a "fraudulent call." The officer who responded said she didn't know if Brand was home at the time. Comedian Russell Brand's Hollywood home is reportedly the latest target of celebrity "swatting," in which false 911 calls are made reporting incidents at celebrities' homes. Los Angeles police went to Brand's home at 3:35 p.m. on Monday, April 8, in response to a call about an armed man being at his residence, but determined it was a "fraudulent call." The officer who responded said she didn't know if Brand was home at the time.
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Victims of celebrity 'swatting'
Rihanna
Chris Brown
Kim Kardashian
Tom Cruise
Charlie Sheen
Justin Bieber
Ashton Kutcher
Miley Cyrus
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Police rushed to Ashton Kutcher's home in response to fake 911 call
  • A 12-year-old will be sentenced by a juvenile judge in his home county
  • "Swatting" is extremely dangerous, police say

Los Angeles (CNN) -- A 12-year-old Southern California boy admitted he made a fake emergency call that sent police to Ashton Kutcher's Hollywood home last year.

The juvenile's "swattting" also targeted Justin Bieber's Calabasas, California, home and a bank, the Los Angeles County district attorney's spokeswoman said.

Dozens of emergency personnel rushed to Kutcher's home on October 3, 2012, only to find workers inside and no emergency, police said. Kutcher, who was on the set of his TV sitcom "Two and a Half Men," also rushed to his home.

"The comments of the call advised that there were individuals inside the location with guns and explosives, and that several people had been shot," a police statement said.

2012: New prank could be deadly

The boy, who is being prosecuted as a juvenile and not identified, will be sentenced by a juvenile judge in his home county, according to the spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County district attorney.

"Swatting" usually is done by computer hackers, who use online skills to make a false report of a serious crime in progress, police said. "The swatting practice is extremely dangerous and places first responders and citizens in harm's way," police said.

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