45-year-old Michael Aliperti of Long Island, New York was arrested after threatening to shoot and kill an 11 year old boy he lost to in Fortnite. Aliperti, whose Xbox Live gamertag is TrickedMarker70, threatened to kill the child at both his home and his school, which led to an increase police presence at RJO Intermediate School in Long Island. Fortnite player TrickedMarker70 reportedly sent these messages through both voice chat and Xbox Live’s text messaging system.
“I am going to find you with a gun. You dead. I will come to your house tonight and f*** your world up,” Aliperti said in one of the messages sent to the 11 year old boy. Police were able to confirm Aliperti’s identity by tracking the messages, and arrested him at his home at 1:40am. Upon his arrest, Aliperti was charged with two misdemeanor crimes: aggravated harassment and acting in a manner injurious to a child.
Sony was right about protecting children after all.