19-year-old wrecks stepfather's motorcycle after Xbox outburst

Utah man arrested for damaging his stepfather's bike after his stepdad reportedly shut off his Xbox.

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St. George, Utah

A 19-year-old Utah man was arrested last week for wrecking his stepfather's motorcycle following an Xbox-related outburst. As reported by St. George News, Alec Young's stepfather returned home to find his son playing video games. He asked him to stop, gave him some time to do so, and went out to get the mail. When he returned, Alec was still playing and so he shut the console off himself. Then things took a turn for the worse.

According to a police account of the incident, Young began screaming at his stepdad and threw two separate remotes at him. The stepfather then left the house and went across the street to call the police. At the same time, Young went outside and began to strike his stepfather's 2009 Custom Harley Davidson FLF with a knife, according to the report, which estimated the value of the bike at $40,000.

The report goes on to explain that Young then got into his 2000 Nissan Maxima, backed out of the driveway, and proceeded to drive into the motorcycle "all the way into the wall of the garage." The motorcycle "sustained damage everywhere," the police report states. The bike's front forks, fender, frame, and gas tank were all bent, totaling around $25,000 in damages, it said.

When approached by police, Young said he "acted out" by throwing the remotes at his stepfather, and then was "in rage" when he attacked the motorcycle. He also reportedly told police that he did not take his recommended doses of anti-anxiety and antidepressant medication. Young was charged with two class-B misdemeanors and a second-degree felony. His bail is $13,110, according to the booking information obtained by St. George News.

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Discussion

637 comments
giedrius1001
giedrius1001

And that what you calling sick addiction to video games, where is alot lunatics in this world like this if not drugs or alcohol, video games, society is doomed :)

AyaReiko
AyaReiko

*19 year-old

*Causes $25k worth of damage


...


Welcome to prison dum-dum.

deadpen
deadpen

Damn games, it was the xbox's fault. So all those court cases where video games made them do it was true.

VenkmanPHD
VenkmanPHD

I like the fact they mentioned how he wasn't taking his meds.

Sounds like the kid is mental.

I live in Utah, I wonder what city this was in.

evildead6789
evildead6789

I someone would turn of my xbox when i'm having a good run i would be pissed too. Depends who it is of course. If that 'stepfather' moved in like 2 years ago and at 19 I would have gone more mental than him



Takeno456
Takeno456

This is why everyone thinks gaming is bad and gamers have issues. We should have a report on how many failed relationships or money problems lead to outbursts like this. Then it will help put the issue into perspective and not be more ammo for the anti-game media. Seriously this article is purely created for the media buzz it could make.

daikkenaurora12
daikkenaurora12

His stepfather probably whispered to him "I'm banging your mom".

GalvatronType_R
GalvatronType_R

In the civilized world, Americans take the most depression, anxiety, and mood altering drugs.


Take that as you will.

sinclairhxc
sinclairhxc

makes me feel good to be a gamer.  i want everyone to view me just like they will that dipshit.

vadagar1
vadagar1

im gonna ignore all common sense and just blame vediah gamez :D

Metalnoid
Metalnoid

Crazy world, there is a guy shutting down consoles and the police let him go away. Dear lord!

Lawdog1521
Lawdog1521

He was on (rather off) meds. How surprising. 

Anigmar
Anigmar

That guy's nuts, end of story.

ebookerd1
ebookerd1

I hate having to turn off my games. My daughter drives me nuts. She is a hater!! lol

ghost59
ghost59

this is why people think  video games is bad for you. 

dam you xbox gamers 

Phil-teh-Pirate
Phil-teh-Pirate

I used to rage like this when my father (Papa Pirate King) turned off my video games. But this was also in the days when memory cards didn't exist and getting to the Death Egg Zone or Bowsers Castle meant hours of painful work...


Y'know I was also 4 and didn't really have access to low performance motor vehicles.

vincentmon
vincentmon

Wonder if he called his step dad to bail him out...

Triton
Triton

Time for him to go away before he really hurts someone now. Wonder how mainstream media will spin this into the evils of video games...

slainta
slainta

"He also reportedly told police that he did not take his recommended doses of anti-anxiety and antidepressant medication."


Ahh.. so they were the video games the issue, not something else, right? 

noandno
noandno

The kid was... 19 years old?

gtaguy77
gtaguy77

Looking at the picture above, st george is a beautiful town.

devilzzz1983
devilzzz1983

So the teen is a video game addict?  I dealt with this with my son and it is scary and it is made worse when people around you don't believe how bad it can get.  I had him throwing things at me, flooding my bathroom and so on and yet some people want to blame me for what he did.

moonlightwolf01
moonlightwolf01

Why is this on a gaming news website, this is the kind of pointless story that usually has the good sense to stay in local news papers. Some kid flips out over something stupid, that's not something related to gaming that's a sad but unavoidable aspect of humanity.

ZeoV9
ZeoV9

losing faith in mankind ...

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

A nineteen year old throws an epic wobbler over his Xbox and the article still wants to refer to him as a "man"? Lol.

The kid's clearly unstable, but I can't help questioning the overly-patient saint of a stepfather with customized bike.

THCpariah
THCpariah

He should only be allowed to play E rated games he's clearly not mature enough for games rated above that

andmcq
andmcq

Best thing to happen to a Harley really. Awful bikes.

ecurl143
ecurl143

Reportedly 'shut off'

Could have been a RROD and I totally understand the rage on that one - it happened to me 3 times on my XBOX.

guardianofhonor
guardianofhonor

@slainta

I dont think its safe to say that a missed dose of MAOI inhibitors would cause an outburst like this, there is nothing in the article that says he has a history of requiring institualization due to a mental illness so really bringing his medication into this is promoting an unjust stigma that anybody on a medication is just "crazy." That kind of stereotyping in the media is insensitive maybe even irresponsible because it discourages people from seeking treatment they may need.

guardianofhonor
guardianofhonor

@devilzzz1983

You cant be addicted to video games, addiction is a disease caused by a neurological dependence, if he has some sort of obsession with video games that is indicative of a different problem for which he is using video games to cope, I think maybe your son is using video gaming to escape reality or rather his problems so he gets angry and resist when you take that away from him, you should instead of blaming the video games try to find out why he desires to escape the reality he resist being brought back into and rather than just trying to take away the object he is using to facilitate his avoidance coping mechanism

MonstaTruk
MonstaTruk

You're an ADULT at 19. You can get the GAS CHAMBER at 19. That whole, "Ahhh, he's just a KID!" type of weak thinking is what enabled his situation to spiral out of control, probably. And it also makes America weak. Obviously, that's how you roll. Weak...*smGDh*

MonstaTruk
MonstaTruk

So you condone his behavior? That's...you?

giedrius1001
giedrius1001

I should stop commenting through my phone

noandno
noandno

@guardianofhonor @slainta  But he was recommended to take doses of anti-anxiety and antidepressant medication.


And explosive rages doesn't equal crazy

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

@charon_rising In a hurry for being insulting are we?
Guess not having a perfect English when it's not my main language is reason for mockery. I talk another 4 languages, so try it again when you can say the same
:)

evildead6789
evildead6789

@MonstaTruk he didn't kill or rape anyone, in terms of what he did he's just a kid.


Don't know how the relation is with his stephfather, but if that dude only moved in like a couple of years ago, he doesn't have the right to turn of a 19 year old's xbox. The kid went berserk , i would too

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

@MonstaTruk  Apparently the subtext of my comment was too deep for you. Yes, in the eyes of the law he's an adult, but my point was he acted like a child.

Moron.

ecurl143
ecurl143

@MonstaTruk  I was speculating the rage with the RROD, NOT the actual circumstances.........oh never mind...

guardianofhonor
guardianofhonor

@noandno

And you dont know why that was recommended, which is why it is insensitive to assume that he is dangerous person because of his medication.

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

@gamespotpanayis Gamespot comment you know, easy to get on the edge sometimes.
We can call this "special" but honestly, I think it's completely ridiculous and almost unacceptable in a mature society.
Unless the guy has some kind on disorder that is, in which case he should get some kind of treatment for his own good.

gamespotpanayis
gamespotpanayis

@Warlord_Irochi @charon_rising  He made a small correction and didn't make a big thing about it.

His main reply point is that although some people are pathetic there are special people out there too.