Ottawa youth charged with over 60 Criminal Code offenses related to swatting

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, May 9, 2014     3:18pm

(Ottawa)— On Thursday, May 8, 2014, members of the Ottawa Police Service arrested a 16 year old young male, resident of Ottawa, in relation to a Cyber Crime investigation involving “Swatting”. 

“Swatting is a term utilized online to refer to engaging emergency services with false calls to affect revenge on an individual or organization by causing the response of armed Swat Teams to active shooter scenarios or bomb threats,” Staff Sergeant Rick Baldwin-Ooms, West District Investigation, Ottawa Police.  “In this case, the subject is a suspect in at least 30 North American occurrences.”

He has been charged with 60 Criminal Offenses that include: Public Mischief, Mischief to Property, Utter Death Threats, Convey False info with intent to alarm. The youth cannot be identified, per Youth Criminal Justice Act.

The young male is scheduled to appear at the Ottawa Court for a Show Cause Hearing today.

The residence of the young person was searched and data transmission/communication devices were seized for further analysis along with firearms and ammunition for Public Safety.

This joint investigation involved agencies in Canada and the United States of America. The Ottawa Police would like to acknowledge the assistance of Halton Regional Police, Laval Police, Sûreté du Quebec, Calgary Police Service and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. 

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