Halton police make ‘swatting’ arrest in Oakville

Halton Police arrest youth on 'swatting' incidents. Don Mitchell / Global News

Halton Regional Police say they have made an arrest following an investigation into two “swatting” incidents in Oakville earlier this year.

“Swatting” is defined as a prank call to the police but on a much more sophisticated level. Police say the caller makes a false report with the goal of having numerous police and emergency resources dispatched to a false incident.

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According to police, the two incidents took place on Jan. 25 and 28. On these dates, police were called to an Oakville residence after receiving reports of criminal acts at that location. They determined that the criminal acts were fabricated.

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On Feb. 19, an Oakville youth was arrested and a search warrant was executed at their residence. They cannot be identified under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

The youth has been charged with two counts of public mischief and two counts of criminal harassment and has been released from custody with a future court date.

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