If you ever thought your life was sad, today comes the news of 45-year old Michael Alperti, who threatened to shoot an 11-year old kid after he had lost to him in the video game ‘Fortnite’. Alperti was later arrested on Tuesday after he threatened to go to the boy’s home, and even suggested to visit his school, in order to kill him over the game.
The kid had been playing ‘Fortnite’ with Michael Alperti for months, the popular game developed by Epic Games which was released in 2017 which you can play for free (but can buy in-game add-ons), and compete against each other in 3rd person online shooter game modes such a Battle Royale or Save the World, to see who is the last man standing.
The last man standing wasn’t Michael Alperti, who lost to the child in the game. He then made threats through text and in online messages on Monday night about killing his game rival in real life.
The Fortnite game has been cited as being highly addictive and that people of all ages play the game, however, clearly some people have taken the game a bit too far.
The threats from the man to shoot the child was taken very seriously, with the Suffolk County Police Chief of Department, Stuart Cameron, saying that Alperti threatened to come to the boy’s house or school in order to harm him.
Alperti of Long Island, New York, had been playing against the boy on Fortnite for several months, and after the death threats were made, he was reported to police by the child parents.
Police Chief Stuart Cameron stated, “We took this as a school threat. That was done out of an abundance of caution.”
Cameron then cautioned parents to monitor their children’s video game playing habits, and to be aware of their online opponents. Michael Alperti was arrested on Tuesday on charges of aggravated harassment, and acting in a manner to injure a child.
An order of protection has now been issued for the victim, and bail for Alperti has been set at $2,500. A request for comment from Michael Alperti’s attorney, received no comment.
Story by The Narrator
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