Northland gamer thwarts gunman’s attempt to steal Call of Duty

Kansas City police arrested an 18-year-old man early today after he allegedly followed a customer from a Northland Game Stop to try to steal his reserved copy of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, which was released today.

Key word: try.

The victim refused to cough up his $60 game and even fought the would-be-robber for his gun. The suspect fled and later was arrested back at the Game Stop, 215 N.E. Englewood Road, where authorities found him standing in line waiting to buy the game.

The incident started about 1 a.m., when the 27-year-old victim said he left the crowded store and drove directly to his apartment in the 2000 block of N.W. 68th Terrace. When he pulled into a parking lot stall, a vehicle parked behind him, blocking him in.

A young man wearing a hood and holding a gun approached and “racked a round” in his gun, according to police.

“Give me the game!” the gunman ordered.

“(Expletive) you!” the victim replied.

The gunman racked another round, causing the first round to eject and fall on the ground. The victim grabbed for the gun and the two struggle briefly. The suspect climbed back into his vehicle and sped away.

The victim retained his game and called 911.

Its unclear whether the suspect wanted the game for himself or to sell it.

Keith Boyd, a gamer who lives nearby, noted that the game’s “main themes of bravery, honor and duty were apparently lost on this guy.”