A woman from St. Petersburg, Florida has been arrested for slashing a man's tires because he wouldn't stop playing video games in the middle of the night. An affidavit from the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office confirms that the woman has been charged with criminal mischief.
An affidavit from Pinellas County deputies reveals that Sonya Kathryn Martin (also known as Sonya Kathryn Yokom), 41 was trying to sleep at 1:30AM. However, the woman was unable to do so, as she kept being disturbed by a man playing video games. To try to get the man to stop playing, Martin disconnected the Internet router. Unperturbed by this, the man then began to play games on his phone. The affidavit doesn't detail Martin's relation to the man.
Unsuccessful, Martin went outside. When she returned, she said, "Finally, some peace and quiet." The victim asked her what she meant. Martin didn't say anything, but threw a knife to the ground. The victim rushed outside to find that all four tires on his car were going flat as Martin had slashed each of them to try and get the man to stop playing his games.
Martin was detained and was charged with criminal mischief by Pinellas County Sheriff's Office. The woman was later released on bail of $150. Jail records also confirm that this isn't the first time that Martin has had a run-in with the law, as she has been arrested several times with multiple DUI charges to her name.
While Martin had an extreme reaction to the man who wouldn't stop playing video games, it isn't the most extreme reaction that has been publicized in the news. For instance, in a viral video, dad forced his son to smash his PS4 with a rock, as the son had gotten poor grades at school, and the parents felt that the console was to blame.
It also isn't the strangest video game crime story that has been publicized. In France, a man was arrested for using a fruit scale to try and steal a PS4. The story of the woman and the slashed tires is unlikely to be the last strange story about video games, and she likely won't be the only one to commit a crime over games either.