A man in Nevada has been arrested and is on his way to Illinois over his supposed involvement in swatting incidents, according to a report from the Chicago Sun Times.
Brandon Wilson, 19, is accused of swatting – that is, making a false crime report to police to cause a SWAT team to be sent to an innocent house or location. Wilson contacted Illinois police in July 2014, reporting a murder at a Naperville, Illinois home. Police, as you can imagine, found nothing of note.
Investigators also claim Wilson “hacked into gaming consoles” to obtain personal information from two people, in addition to threatening the Naperville resident with identity theft.
Authorities from both Nevada and Illinois searched his Las Vegas home and found evidence of the July swatting incident as well as evidence of other similar activity.
Wilson has been charged with computer tampering, intimidation, computer fraud, identity theft and disorderly conduct and is facing up to five years in Illinois prison. The other incidents are still being investigated, so additional jail time and federal involvement seem like strong possibilities.
To the best of my knowledge, no one has yet been killed in a swatting incident, though it seems like it’s only a matter of time before that happens, as incidents like these are occurring more and more frequently. Swatting has been a difficult crime to investigate, it seems, but as more criminals make mistakes, I hope authorities will learn more about the way the crime is committed.