Michael Aliperti was Tuesday arrested for allegedly threatening to shoot with a preteen boy who beat him in an Xbox video game.
(Suffolk County Police)
A Long Island man, 45, was on Tuesday arrested for allegedly threatening to shoot an 11-year-old boy after losing to him in an online video game, New York’s FOX 5 reported.
Michael Aliperti sent threatening texts and online voice messages to the Kings Park boy Monday night after the loss of a Xbox game called Fortnite, according to police. Aliperti allegedly threatened to shoot the boy at school, FOX 5 reported.
Aliperti was arrested around 1:40 a.m. on Tuesday, in his Huntington home. The commissioner of the Department Stuart Cameron said authorities found a plastic pellet gun in the house.
Aliperti was charged with second-degree aggravated harassment and acting in a manner injuring a child, according to the Suffolk County Police Department. Cameron said that there was an increased presence of the police on the boy of the school.
“We have this as a school threat. That was done out of an abundance of caution,” Cameron said.
Aliperti was indicted on the First district Court in Central Islip on Tuesday. He pleaded not guilty, according to the Suffolk County district attorney’s office.
Aliperti’s lawyer said that he is looking to the copies of the alleged threats, Newsday reported.
“Salt of the language is a two-way street and it is a normal behavior in the gaming community,” his lawyer said. He added that Aliperti is going through a “bitter divorce.”
Suffolk County Supreme Court justice Andrew Crecca set Aliperti the bond at $10,000 and an order of protection for the boy, Newsday reported.
Aliperti is due back in court on Oct. 4.
Both Huntington and Kings Park is in Suffolk County on the north shore of Long Island.
Bradford Betz is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @bradford_betz.