Swatting suspect makes first court appearance

Andrew Finch

Barriss is also facing charges regarding giving false alarm and falsely reporting a felony.

Prosecutors allege Barriss was in Los Angeles when he called police December 28 with a fake story about a shooting and kidnapping at a home in Wichita.

Barriss is now being held in the Sedgwick County jail on a $500,000 bond.

Tyler Barriss will make his first appearance this afternoon in District Court.

It wasn't known that week what charges Barriss could face in Kansas. In that case, the intended victim, Lisa Vannatta, who streams about gaming and technology under the name STPeach, was warned about the possible swatting by a viewer; she then contacted 911 herself to inform the police that it was a hoax. Instead, Andrew Finch, 28, opened his front door when he saw police lights outside and didn't know why. Officers said Finch was ordered to raise his hands but moved them to his waist. "He doesn't play video games", Finch said.

He pleaded no contest to charges of making false bomb threats in the Los Angeles area in recent years, sparking evacuations at a Glendale television station and two schools, records show. The player who was the "target" of the offended player had provided the latter with a false address that led the police to Finch's home.

Eyewitness News has learned that Tyler Barriss is coming to Kansas.

This week, Canadian police issued an arrest warrant for Barriss, accusing him of placing an eerily similar call just six days before the Kansas shooting. Police revealed few other details but said investigators identified a suspect who had made contact online with the woman earlier that day and that she was targeted because of her "online persona".

The Kansas City Police Department received a 9-1-1 call alleging that a family was being held hostage after the father had been killed by an intruder.

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