MEDINA, Ohio (WJW) – The Los Angeles Police Department said it has linked a northeastern Ohio teenager to more than 30 bomb threats nationwide and wacky calls to emergency services, also known as swatting.
Police said the group that operates on the online chat platform Discord consists of three teenagers between the ages of 13 and 16 residing in Medina, Ohio; Yonkers, New York and an American citizen living abroad in the country of Cyprus.
Investigation shows they allegedly used advanced software, overseas servers and privacy tools to hide their electronic trail in two incidents in September, one incident in August, and 30 other incidents dating back to July 2020.
This group is also linked to the bomb threat at Highland High School in Medina County in October 2020, according to the Medina County Sheriff’s Office.
The LAPD says the teens’ targets involve other people online, video players, activists, schools, airports, places of worship, places of entertainment and memorial parks.
The incidents are believed to have been racially motivated.
On November 9, search and arrest warrants were served in Yonkers and Medina, where several pieces of electronic equipment were removed from the teenager’s room and taken to the U.S. Secret Service for forensic analysis, according to the Medina County Sheriff’s Office.
The LAPD’s major crimes division is expected to take the case against the three suspects to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office on charges of criminal conspiracy and creating a false emergency.
They say they will also call for these incidents to be considered a hate crime.
No arrests have yet been made.
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