Police Arrest Man Over Alleged Stalking Via Xbox Live


By Earnest Cavalli January 03, 2008 | 3:52:52 PM
Stetar According to a local news agency, Spokane Police recently arrested a 20-year-old New York man who allegedly traveled cross-country to stalk and harass a 15-year-old girl he met while playing Halo 2 on Xbox Live.

Joshua Stetar had allegedly been sending flowers and gifts to the girl’s home, along with thousands of text messages, before deciding the best course of action would be to drive 40 hours to Spokane to see the girl in person.

Police say that on arrival, Stetar began driving by the young girl’s home, while sending text messages detailing his obsessive activities. When this wasn’t enough to make everyone nearby feel like they needed to take a shower for a week, Stetar sent the girl a text message saying “Tell the cops that I’m gonna rape you and your sister,” police said.

Unsurprisingly, Spokane police arrested the man a short time later at a local Econo Lodge.

New York man arrested after traveling to Spokane to stalk girls [KHQ Right Now]

Note: This story has been updated from the original to better reflect the fact that Stetar has been accused of these acts. Wired News regrets any confusion.

[Via Wired]

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But, somehow, it’s the games fault.

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