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  • Teen arrested for falsely reporting a hostage situation in NY last year, among other countrywide "swatting" incidents, authorities say[hhmc]

  • A 17-year-old Ohioan boy faces 73 counts, which include 40 felonies and 33 misdemeanors, in Mahoning County, Ohio[hhmc]

  • The teen allegedly went on "swatting" rampage across US, which also included a fake emergency call made to Putnam County authorities[hhmc]

An out-of-state teen was arrested for allegedly falsely reporting a violent hostage situation in upstate New York last year, among other countrywide "swatting" incidents, according to Putnam County officials.

A 17-year-old Ohioan boy faces 73 counts, which include 40 felonies and 33 misdemeanors, in Mahoning County, Ohio. While the charges were filed Feb. 27, the Putnam County Sheriffs Office made the announcement Monday.

The charges against the teen boy stems from an incident that allegedly took place on the evening of Aug. 11, 2018, when the Putnam County Sheriffs Office received a report of a hostage situation at a house on Ressique Road in the Town of Kent.

The caller alleged that he had an AR-15, had shot his wife and was now holding his son hostage, according to the sheriffs office. The call prompted law enforcement departments to respond to the scene.

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Members of the Sheriffs Department were able to get in contact with the homeowner who said he was out of state with his family and that the house should be unoccupied, the sheriffs office says. A neighbor was allegedly able to provide a key to the home.

Law enforcement officials eventually entered the residence and confirmed that it was unoccupied and there was no hostage or other emergency situation, according to the sheriffs office.

A subsequent investigation produced information about the phone used to make the alleged “fake” emergency call. Investigators learned that there were similar incidents in other jurRead More – Source

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