A Swatting incident in Putnam County has lead to the arrest of a 17-Year-Old in Ohio on more than six dozen criminal charges. 73 counts of delinquency were filed against a 17-year-old male, including 40 felonies and 33 misdemeanors.
Last August, the Sheriff's Office received a report of a hostage situation at a house in the New York town of Kent. The caller alleged that he had an AR-15, had shot his wife and was holding his son hostage. After contacting the homeowner, who said he was out of state, a neighbor provided a key. Sheriff Deputies found the home unoccupied.
During the investigation, they developed information about the phone used to make the “fake” emergency call and learned that there were similar incidents around the country. Investigators and others were able to identify the caller.
Putnam County Sheriff Robert Langley hopes that the resolution will dissuade others from trying this type of activity.