Threatened Assault With Intent to Harm Xbox

Fandom over local high school football has proven to be strong over the decades—and, in some cases, it can be too strong. According to a Knoxville police report, this was the case recently when a friend turned foe.

The victim was in his apartment playing with an Xbox when a friend, who had been pestering him over the past few days about a ride to a football game, knocked on his door. When the victim answered, the suspect immediately began to hound him as to why all his phone calls and text messages had gone unanswered. The victim claimed the suspect was upset that they had not been spending time together, and that he still expected his friend to take him to the upcoming football game.

When the victim refused to give his friend a ride, the suspect allegedly grew enraged and threatened to steal the victim’s Xbox. The victim, unwilling to give up his precious gaming system, began dialing the police.

The suspect hurriedly escaped, but not before he vowed his revenge: He would return to assault the victim and take the Xbox.

After police arrived, the victim decided to not press charges, but he did inform them that he would be staying at his mother’s house for the night.

Corrected: The dispute was not over a University of Tennessee football game, but rather a high school game.

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Comments » 2

themother writes:

Correction, please. UT football was never mentioned in the police report nor by the victim yet appears to be the basis of this entire story. How did a Friday night high school football game morph into this?

Most concerning, tho, is that the aggressor pushed his way into the apartment of a mentally disabled young person to take advantage of his vulnerability and his property. Oh, and the bully returned as promised a week later to slash the victim's front porch chair to pieces with a knife. This is a whole lot more scary than funny to us who are having to deal with it.

cturczyn writes:

Please accept our apologies for the incorrect reference to UT football, which introduced the incident in a humorous light. The Police Blotter is based on daily police logs, which may not always reveal the full background of such an altercation. (It did not include the details you mentioned.) So, what seems like a fairly uneventful incident on paper may in reality be more serious, as it appears in this case. We have corrected the item.

Coury Turczyn, ed.

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