A Washington State teen is facing eight felony charges for his alleged role in a string of “swatting” incidents in Stephens City this September.
Some of the charged include first-degree extortion, communication with a minor for immoral purposes and first-degree threats to bomb and injure property.
During the first incident, Frederick County Sheriff Lenny Millholland said the 16-year-old boy asked the police to respond to a Stephens City home for a possible domestic violence situation that had escalated into murder.
Shortly after their arrival, police determined that the call was a hoax.
A little over a week later, Robert Aylor Middle School received threatening calls from a unknown male who said he was going to come to the school to harm students.
Multiple police agencies responded and the students were immediately evacuated, but it once again became clear that the call was another hoax or “swatting” prank.
Millholland estimates that the hoaxes cost Frederick County tax payers about $25,000. He said on behalf of the county, he will be seeking full restitution.
The juvenile will face his charges in his home state.
Multiple police agencies helped with the case including the Stephens City Police Department, the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI.