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Local teen Xbox linked to hostage hoax

HAMILTON, Ohio (Paula Toti) -- A crazy story Monday night involving an Xbox, a phony hostage taking and even a touch of international intrigue.

Police claim it all started with a 15-year-old boy from Hamilton.  A search warrant is for all the contents related to an Xbox account called "Teezy The God."  Police think the person at that account can see conversations from two other users that point to more than one fake hostage situation.  They say one of the fake hostage calls was routed through servers in Europe and Canada.  The timeline that gets us to Hamilton, Ohio is fascinating.

In November, Reynoldsburg Police outside Columbus got calls from a male caller saying he was holding residents hostage at a Reynoldsburg home and wanted 100,000 dollars.  A SWAT team surrounded the house and after some time figured the homeowner was actually on vacation in Jamaica with his family.  They realized the whole thing was a hoax.  That home owner got quite the surprise while on his vacation.

Right away police started tracing the phone number from which the call originated.  It was linked to a computer Skype account.  Skype told police a similar hostage hoax call was made to a Chicago suburb around the same time.  Then Skype helped locate the IP address and that takes us to the city of Hamilton. 

According to police at a home on Cereal Avenue an IP address was used by the 65-year-old grandmother who lives there.  It was used to set up that Skype account.  According to the search warrant, Susan Baker told police her 15-year-old grandson had been investigated for hoaxes before.  Investigators say the grandson then said he was aware of two online friends who were responsible for hoaxes in Reynoldsburg and outside Chicago. 

Police are investigating at least two more computer users.  The mother of one other user was contacted and she too said her son has been investigated in the past for a SWAT team hoax.  Police told the teen that even if his story is true, that online "friends" were responsible for actually making the hoax call, he had a responsibility to report the crime. 

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