Teen Arrested After Selling ‘Swatting’ Services To Radical Leftists

A 17-year-old from California has been arrested for allegedly taking money from radical leftists to make “swatting” calls across the country.

“Swatting” is a terrorist act of making a fake phone call to law enforcement that prompts a heavily armed response. While many believe “swatting” to be a prank, the consequences of provoking a heavily armed SWAT team to storm a victim’s home can be deadly — which was the case in the infamous 2017 Wichita swatting that caused the police to shoot and kill 28-year-old Andrew Finch at his front door. These incidents have led swatting to be viewed as an act of attempted murder. Several prominent individuals have been swatted numerous times in recent years, including podcast host Tim Pool and Rep. Marjorie Taylor-Greene (R-GA).

The Seminole County State Attorney’s Office has announced the arrest of 17-year-old Alan Filion for his alleged involvement in several dangerous swatting incidents across the country. According to the announcement, Filion was extradited to Florida on January 30 to face charges for one of the swatting incidents — where he made a threatening call to the Masjid Al Hayy Mosque in Sanford, Florida, in May 2023.

During the call, the teen reportedly claimed to be armed with a handgun and explosives, declaring his intent to commit a mass shooting “in the name of Satan” while playing the sound of gunfire in the background of the call. This phone call prompted a huge law enforcement response that included roughly 30 armed officers dispatched to the mosque.

According to FOX 35, “The teen’s arrest affidavit states that he has been offering to treat this like a job since 2021, offering to make swatting calls for money all over the country.

Investigators captured an online post they said Filion made, offering to call 911 about a gas leak or fire for $40 or make a mass shooting or bomb threat for $75.”

This is not the only incident that Filion is accused of perpetrating, and the majority of the incidents were reportedly targeting conservatives. It is believed that the arrest will lead to Filion identifying the individuals behind these calls.

“People are focusing too much on the Swatter,” 0HOUR wrote in a post on X, formerly known as Twitter. “The real tell will be the people who purchased his services through his website that the FBI confiscated last week. They have the Bitcoin traces now. This is going to get very interesting once they charge his accomplices who paid for his services. Alan Winston Filion was in a sense a hired hitman by 100s of people.”