Michael Aliperti, a 45-year-old resident of Huntington, was arrested in the middle of the night on September 18 after making death threats to a child after losing to him in a video game.
The bizarre and unbelievable behavior from the older man appears to be prompted by rage induced from losing in the popular video game Fortnite. The game has become widely popular after being released last year, and the two people involved in this incident were playing online with the Xbox One console. The two had been playing together for months after being introduced by other gamers, but Aliperti lost control when he couldn’t beat the 11-year-old.
Aliperti allegedly sent the child private messages threatening to shoot him. Next, he said he would come to the boy’s home and hurt him. The child became even more concerned when Aliperti hinted at visiting the child’s school. Police were informed about the violent threats, so they promptly arrested the 45-year-old.
Aliperti’s attorney, Andrew Karpf, told news reporters that his client is currently going through a bitter divorce. He also highlighted the fact that “salty language is a two-way street, and it’s normal behavior in the gaming community.” Despite this, police increased their presence at the Kings Parks school and took the threats seriously out of an abundance of caution.
Aliperti is being charged with acting in a manner to injure a child and second-degree aggravated harassment. Upon apprehending the suspect, police also discovered an airsoft rifle in his home. During his initial arraignment, he pleaded not guilty. Despite this, his bail has been set at $10,000, and an order for protection has been issued for the child.