Police: Man arrested for playing real-life 'Grand Theft Auto'

Police accuse Zachary Burgess of kidnapping a woman, stealing a truck, and ramming several parked cars while allegedly playing real-life 'Grand Theft Auto.'
September 25, 2013 9:23:18 AM PDT
An Auburn University lacrosse player was charged with multiple criminal charges for a crime spree he says was inspired by the video game "Grand Theft Auto."

According to police, Zachary Burgess jumped into a running truck. The driver had stepped away, but his female passenger was still inside.

The woman says she was held against her will before jumping out of the truck. Burgess then allegedly slammed into several parked cars.

"One of his statements was that, he wanted to see what it was to be a Grand Theft Auto individual, what it felt like," said L'Jean McKneely with the Baton Rouge Police Department. "I guess to take a car and strike several vehicles at a high rate of speed."

"I think I was lucky to get out, I didn't think I was going to be able to get out, because he was just backwards, forwards, doors were locked. He wasn't listening to me. He was ignoring me," said the kidnapping victim Monique Jiarusso. "It was like he was in a whole other world. Honestly, it was the weirdest thing. He had rage in his eyes."

The woman was not hurt. Burgess faces multiple counts, including kidnapping and theft of a motor vehicle.

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