A 13-year-old Southern California boy has confessed to three different swattings, one in which he threatened to blow up a house with hostages in a suburban neighborhood, police said Friday.
“The Camarillo incident there were 20-plus officers there. I was at that call. We basically surrounded the house. The caller reported there were 10 hostages in the house and demanded $30,000 in cash or he would blow up the house,” Det. Gene Martinez of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department said in a telephone interview with Ars. “Whenever there is a hostage situation, we activate specialized units to respond.”
The boy has been released to the custody of his parents pending a juvenile court hearing scheduled next month. Because of his age, his name was not released. He is likely to get a probation term as punishment.
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