GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A UK teen pleaded guilty to 12 charges of making false bomb threats many of which targeted schools, airports and TV stations in West Michigan.
According to British newspaper ECHO, the now 17-year-old boy was only 15 when he started making bomb hoaxes and threats to kill from his home in Wirral, a peninsula in northwest England, in 2014.
Investigators believe he was behind the false bomb threats at both the Gerald R. Ford Airport and Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport. The Ford Airport was evacuated as a result of the threat.
In November 2014, 24 Hour News 8 received an email that a bomb had been placed under a desk. Police searched the building and didn’t find anything. WZZM-TV also received a similar threat.
According to ECHO, the teen also threatened to kill the family of an FBI special agent if they didn’t give him thousands of dollars of ransom money.
During a phone interview with a U.S. news station, he allegedly said he was making the calls “for fun,” reports ECHO.
The teen was arrested in June 2015 with help from computer forensics analysts with the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department.
The teen, whose name has not been released, is expected to be sentenced in December, but is currently out on bail.