Teens Indicted in Mid-City Swatting Cases – NBC Los Angeles

Los Angeles Police Department said three teenagers were behind incidents at the mid-city residence of a senior Black Lives Matter activist in Los Angeles and nearly three dozen other bomb threats and incidents across the county.

The teenagers, ages 13 and 16, are suspected of two suspects in the house on the 2100 block on Wellington Road in August 2020 and September 2021, when police reacted to the block of one of the city’s leading Black Lives Matter activists. Swatting is when someone calls the police and falsely reports an emergency to pull a SWAT response on a house.

The LAPD said the group operates on the Discord chat platform. About 30 other bomb threats and strokes across the country have been linked to the group, the LAPD said.

“Targets of these incidents are other online people, video gamers, activists, schools, airports, places of worship, entertainment venues and memorial parks from July 2020,” said a statement from the LADP.

The statement also indicated that the swatting cases appear to be racially motivated.

“Some of the language used in the strokes and a review of the subjects’ online activities reflect a racist motive for a number of these strokes,” the LAPD said.

The three main suspects live in Ohio, New York, and Cyprus. They used sophisticated software, foreign services and privacy tools to hide their digital trail, police said.

Arrest warrants were served in Ohio and New York on Tuesday. Several devices were seized for analysis by the FBI.

The LAPD’s Serious Crimes Division will bring the case against all three teenagers to the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office on possible criminal charges. Police said they would ask prosecutors to consider possible escalation of hate crime.

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