A Southport teenager faces additional charges in connection with "swatting" incidents across the United States.
According to the Bay County Sheriff's Office, 16-year-old Cody Jones has been charged with two counts of false report of a bomb after calling law enforcement agencies in Brookfield, WI and Modesto, CA claiming he had an explosive devise.
Jones had been arrested in September for his alleged involvement in a swatting incident in Pennsylvania. "Swatting" is making a false threat to law enforcement, forcing them to dispatch their SWAT or tactical teams.
Here is the press release from the Bay County Sheriff's Office
The Bay County Sheriff's Office has arrested a local juvenile for the second time in two weeks for his alleged connection to additional incidents of "swatting" across the United States.
Swatting is placing a 911 call to police in order to generate a SWAT team response with the nature of the call of such urgency as to demand forced entry into the home to save lives.
Cody Blaine Jones, age 16, of McCormick Road in Southport, was arrested on September 20, 2013, for his alleged involvement in a swatting incident in Pennsylvania. Other agencies that have experienced a swatting incident have developed information that Jones was involved and have contacted the BCSO.
On October 1, 2013, Jones was arrested in Bay County and charged with two charges of False Report of a Bomb. The two incidents, one in Brookfield, Wisconsin and the other in Modesto, California, both occurred on the same date of September 15, 2013. In the Wisconsin incident, Jones allegedly claimed to law enforcement he had a hostage in a residence and was armed with firearms and an improvised explosive device. In the incident in California, Jones allegedly called the Modesto Police Department and told them he was in a residence and had shot his mother. In both incidents a fully tactical approach by teams from multiple law enforcement agencies was made on the indicated residence only to discover the 911 call was false.
With some forty additional incidents of swatting currently reported across the United States, the investigation continues with additional charges possible.