Gamers' dispute leads to online bomb, kidnapping threats
An argument between a Langley online gamer and a male living in Vancouver spilled over, with police being called out after a bomb and kidnapping threat were made on Tuesday night, Jan. 14.
Around 11:30 p.m., Langley RCMP were called by Peel Regional Police in Ontario about a call they received from a “spoof online phone” about a possible kidnapping threat of a boy in Aldergrove.
“We aren’t sure how the call went to Ontario police, but they directed it to us and we located an address which turned out not to exist,” said Langley RCMP Cpl. Holly Marks.
However, police did manage to locate the home where the gamer resided, two blocks away, she said.
Langley officers spoke with the gamer’s mom and dad and the investigation determined that the Langley gamer had a dispute with a Vancouver gamer by the name of “Yolandas.” Both had been playing Call of Duty.
“There was some pretend money involved and one was unhappy about it,” said Marks.
The gamer going by “Yolandas” is then accused of calling in the threat to police using a non-traceable phone line. Police have since discovered this isn’t the first time “Yolandas” had done this.
Vancouver Police tracked down an address. However, the family had moved. Police continue to investigate and hope to speak with “Yolandas,” who may be facing public mischief charges.
“This ties up resources that could have been used for real emergencies,” said Marks.