Man arrested for stalking girls via Halo
A New York man by the name of Joshua R. Stetar was arrested Friday for stalking two young girls, a 15-year-old and her sister, he met while playing an unspecified title in the Halo franchise. Stetar, 20 years old, had discovered the girl's address by searching online and had been sending flowers and other packages -- which her parents returned -- to her home since they first met online in 2006. Stetar had apparently driven 40 hours straight from his home in Saratoga Springs, New York to the girl's home in Spokane, Washington, where he drove by her house and sent her threatening text messages. According to the Associated Press, the girl's parents were outside the home at the time and saw Stetar driving past. They wrote down Stetar's license plate number and called the police, who later tracked down Stetar at a hotel and arrested him. He has since posted the $10,000 bond and was released on Saturday.
A disturbing story to be sure. Let this be a reminder to the parents out there to utilize the 360's parental controls and keep an eye on what their kids are playing.
[Via Gaming Today. Thanks YGZ Kentucky and Foolio]
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Reader Comments (Page 1 of 2)
1-02-2008 @ 4:06PM
You are REALLY late to the party on reporting this one :)
1-02-2008 @ 4:11PM
Meh, they were off for the holidays like the rest of them. Give them a break. There's only Rich and Dustin, they can't handle everything the second it breaks...
1-02-2008 @ 4:11PM
Larry *not allowed to say cheevo* said...
I saw this Monday, I thought you guys were to happy go lucky to make a comment on this psycho! Too bad the parents didn't teach them to not give out their address on the internet. Can't believe they let this freak go.
1-02-2008 @ 4:53PM
Yeah, this could happen to anyone on any social networking site. Posting personally identifiable information is not smart. I am glad the women are okay. This guy has serious issues. I wouldn't be surprised if he's on medication.
1-02-2008 @ 4:13PM
This guy is a n00b at stalking. For fucks sake, if you're gonna stalk someone, do it secretly and not openly. Idiot.
(Not saying I have any experience [except on Facebook ;)] but just judging from common sense...)
1-02-2008 @ 4:22PM
A 20 year old, stalking a 15 year old? LOSER!!!!
1-02-2008 @ 4:26PM
So... is it still ok to get pissed and tell a kid "You little 15 year old girl! I'm gonna stalk you til your parents get me arrested!" during a particularly heated match of swords in lone wolves? Too soon?
1-02-2008 @ 4:30PM
Why would the girl give him her phone number in the first place?
1-02-2008 @ 4:32PM
or put it on the web , as TFA indicates ? or give him her real name?
1-02-2008 @ 4:36PM
Girls play Halo?
Man I underestimated this game...
1-03-2008 @ 9:55AM
I lost my wife because she cheated on me with someone she met playing Halo 3. NEVER underestimate the invisible power of Halo.
1-02-2008 @ 4:48PM
The most confusing thing to me is that this guy had $10,000 to post bail.
1-02-2008 @ 4:54PM
You typically only have to post 10% or something
1-02-2008 @ 5:35PM
Depends on where you are. In some places, you either post the full amount or pay a bail bondsman 10% to post it for you, so you're out that 10%. In others, you can post 10% cash yourself ... although I'm not sure a 20-year-old with $1,000 cash is any less surprising than a 20-year-old with $10,000 cash.
Glad they caught the guy.
1-03-2008 @ 9:50AM
I was just thinking "Shit! Stalking must be a well paid job!"
I hope he went down to Da Kine Bonds in Hawaii to see The Dog for the money! Dog would put him back on the rails. Jesus speaks to The Dog directly. Praise the Lord.
1-02-2008 @ 5:02PM
here he is
1-02-2008 @ 5:31PM
Killswitch On said...
A little weird but he doesnt seem like a psycho. Well, with the exception of going to see the girls. But who knows what theyve been telling him. Im sure there are two sides to this story. He is 20 but sure looks near 15.
1-02-2008 @ 5:11PM
My question is:
Why are the parents allowing their under age kids to play Halo or anygame on Xbox live?
Minor's should not be allowed to play on Xbox Live. There are sick sick sick people out there who are just waiting for a oppurtunity to terrorize young people.
Crap like this is going to wreck everything for the rest of us that follow the rules or at the very least the age requirements on video games or have the brain power not to give out personal information.
1-02-2008 @ 10:56PM
Wtf? I'm a minor and I play XBL, because I'm not stupid enough to give my information out. People like YOU are going to ruin it for people like ME who aren't stupid enough to give out info by spouting retarded comments like "BAN TEH MINORZ".
1-03-2008 @ 2:46AM
Zeus the God said...
You act as if Xbox LIVE is special People are out there playing PC games all the time, and thats where the REAL freaks are. Hell, I have 5 30 year olds on my Xfire friends list... Not saying that they're freaks, but people on PC can actually DO something. Most people on Xbox LIVE are kiddies, that can't do much.