A Runescape player was swatted in front of 60,000 viewers on Twitch.
On Thursday armed SWAT team members turned up at the home of 27-year-old Joshua Peters, from Minnesota in the US, following a prank call. The door was answered by Peters’ 10-year-old brother.
Peters left the room to address the commotion, before returning to the stream around 15 minutes later in some distress.
In the video, below, Peters responds to those responsible in an emotional plea.
“I see you posting my address. I had police point a gun at my little brothers because of you,” he says.
“They could have been shot, they could have died because you chose to SWAT my stream.
“I don’t give a s*** about what you have against me, or what I did to you. For that, I am at a loss for words. Your gripe is with me so let it be with me and do not involve my family in any way, shape or form with this. They don’t deserve that.”
Peters later told ABC News he wasn’t sure who targeted him, or why. He’s now working with the authorities to track down the culprit.
A Nevada man has been arrested and is awaiting extradition to Illinois, accused of orchestrating a “SWATting” attack on a video gamer over the summer.
Brandon Wilson, 19, known by some online as “Famed God,” was arrested Thursday, reports the Chicago Sun-Times. He is accused of reporting a murder to Naperville, Ill. police in July 2014, resulting in an armed law enforcement response to another address.
No crime was discovered at the scene.
Prosecutors say Wilson had also threatened the victim’s banking and Social Security accounts, adding that he would put the victim’s father “in debt for life.” After executing a search warrant at Wilson’s residence in Las Vegas, authorities say they discovered evidence of the SWATting attack, and of Wilson’s involvement in similar incidents in the United States.
Brandon “Famed God” Wilson is accused of two counts of computer tampering and one count of intimidation, computer fraud, identity theft and disorderly conduct. He faces up to five years in state prison in Illinois if convicted.
Federal authorities and investigators from three additional states also are pursuing the matter and may add charges.