Boy, 12, accused in Los Angeles-area 'swatting' cases charged with 4 felonies

Ashton Kutcher's home among targets

LOS ANGELES - A 12-year-old boy accused of making prank calls that sent police swarming to the home of actor Ashton Kutcher in October and then to a Well Fargo Bank branch a week later was charged Thursday with four felonies.

The boy's name was being withheld due to his age. He is expected to be arraigned Friday in Eastlake Juvenile Court.

The boy, who was arrested in December, was charged with two felony counts each of making false bomb threats and computer intrusion.

On Oct. 3, police responded en masse to Kutcher's Hollywood Hills home after receiving a report that people were inside the home with guns and explosives, and some victims had been shot. The call turned out to be a hoax. Kutcher was not home at the time, and the actor posted a picture on Twitter from the set of "Two and a Half Men."

According to the District Attorney's Office, a similar call on Oct. 10 sent police to a Wells Fargo branch on Wilshire Boulevard.

When he was arrested, police said the boy may be linked to other so-called "swatting" hoaxes, which involve prank calls to police reporting a crime in progress at a particular location, with the intent of drawing a major response from police, including a SWAT team.

Swatting calls in recent months have sent police to the homes of celebrities such as Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus.

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