KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Kansas City police said the GameStop store on Englewood Road in Gladstone is where one crime started and ended.
Early Tuesday morning, about 250 people were lined up waiting for the release of “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.” One man, however, decided he couldn’t wait.
As an avid gamer, Adam Freeman has gone to combat on the TV screen plenty of times. But early Tuesday morning, it was for real.
“It’s the first time I’ve ever had any kind of weapon pointed at me,” said Freeman.
Freeman had just picked up his copy of the new video game at GameStop. He arrived back to his Kansas City apartment around 1 a.m. when a Ford Explorer pulled up behind Freeman, boxing him in.
“Guy jumped out at me with a 40-caliber pistol,” said Freeman.
But the man, identified by police as 18-year-old David Morales, wasn’t looking for money. Freeman said Morales just wanted the game. Freeman refused to give it up, even after he said Morales loaded the gun with two rounds.
“I struggled with him for about 20 seconds or so, trying to get the gun out of his hand,” said Freeman.
Finally, Freeman said Morales sped off without the game, which is valued at $60.
Usually a mild-mannered guy, Freeman said he doesn’t know why he did what he did.
“Self defense, I guess. I really don’t know. I didn’t think about it. It just, just happened,” he said.
Freeman ran inside his apartment and called 911.
Officers caught up with Morales later on Tuesday, at the exact same GameStop where it all began. Police said Morales was trying to buy the game when he was arrested.
Morales is being held on $50,000 bond at the Platte County Jail. He faces charges of first-degree attempted robbery and armed criminal action. If convicted, Morales could spend up to 18 years in prison.
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