Three British teenagers were charged with stabbing a man and hitting him over the head with a brick to steal his copy of “Grand Theft Auto V,” London’s Metropolitan Police said Saturday.
The 23-year-old victim was walking home from a midnight launch of the video game Tuesday morning. He bought the game just 80 minutes earlier in a Colindale store, in North London.
The teens, aged 14, 15, and 17, took the man’s phone and the game. They are charged with grievous bodily harm with intent and robbery, a police spokesman told the AFP.
The victim has been in the hospital since the attack. He is in stable condition.
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Released Sept. 17, the latest edition of GTA made an estimated $800 million in retail sales within 24 hours.
Game fans caused a stampede in a Netherlands shop where about 700 gamers stood in line all night for the game.
"Everyone started pushing when the roll shutter opened, people fell over, were pushed to the ground, trampled," video game journalist Bas van Dun told Dutch media. "A man next to me ... said afterwards he almost suffocated. He was shaking with anger. This wasn't the party I was hoping for.”
No one was injured, Tilburg police said.