45-year-old man threatened to shoot 11-year-old after losing Fortnite game, police say

Police on Long Island have arrested a man who allegedly threatened to shoot an 11-year-old who had beaten him in an online video game.

Suffolk County Police arrested Michael Aliperti, 45, at his Huntington home early on Tuesday morning.

A Kings Park boy reported receiving threatening text messages and online voice messages via an Xbox from a man he recently beat during a game of Fortnite. In the messages, which were sent at approximately 9 p.m. on September 17, the man threatened to shoot the child, possibly at his school.

Officers arrested Aliperti at approximately 1:40 a.m. and charged him with Aggravated Harassment 2nd Degree and Acting in a Manner to Injure a Child.

Aliperti was scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip. It was unclear if he had a lawyer.

Just last week, a 17-year-old in Virginia was arrested for threatening violence at the Connecticut school of a teen he had met through an online game of Fortnite. Police said that threat wasn't credible and the teen was facing unspecified charges as a minor.