A Canadian teen who is being charged with one count of second-degree false public alarm for calling in a bogus bomb threat to Princeton University in September of 2020 is also a suspect in several other swatting incidents.
The 15-year-old from Saskatoon, who is not being named because he is a minor, allegedly used voice over internet protocol technology to call law enforcement agencies, schools, universities, airports, businesses and homes, claiming on the calls that weapons had been used to critically injure people.
Such bogus calls, commonly known as swatting, are done in an attempt to provoke an armed police response. The calls are often done with VoIP technology, making them difficult to trace. Police departments sometimes spend thousands of dollars responding to the calls to determine whether they are real or fake. In the September 2020 incident at Princeton University, the campus was in lockdown mode for a few hours while law enforcement personnel searched the campus.
The calls from the Saskatoon teen led to a multi-jurisdictional investigation into his activities. The teen was arrested by the Louisiana Sheriff’s Office on March 26. An extradition hearing was held on May 3. A judge ordered that the teen be sent to Mercer County. His court date has not been scheduled yet. The case is still active. Law enforcement officials said rumors that the charges against the teen have been dropped are false.