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Polk County Sheriff: Teen gamer arrested after posting violent threats

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Posted at 9:46 AM, Oct 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-25 09:46:19-04

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (AP) — Investigators in Florida have arrested a 17-year-old gamer who they say made violent and disturbing online threats to kill and stab multiple people.

Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said in a news release that tips from users of the Discord text-chat site led detectives to the teen, who was arrested Wednesday. He says the teen admitted to making the threats after becoming jealous of other gamers.

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Officials say the teen wrote that he was "going to kill so many people," adding that he wanted to stab people and "make them hurt." Another text said he gets happy when he imagines himself "being a villain going on a mass murdering spree like in a movie."

Judd said he'll talk about the case during a briefing on Friday afternoon.