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BRPD: Kidnapping, vehicle theft suspect claimed video game tie

3 years 7 months 4 weeks ago September 23, 2013 Sep 23, 2013 Monday, September 23 2013 September 23, 2013 2:51 PM in News
Source: BRPD
By: Russell Jones

BATON ROUGE - Police in Baton Rouge arrested a man this weekend after they said he tried to steal a car with a passenger still inside, then claimed to investigators he did so to play out a video game in real life.

Baton Rouge Police arrested Zachary Burgess, 20, of Hoover, Ala. after the incident early Saturday morning outside a Tigerland bar. They charged him with vehicle theft, kidnapping and nine counts of hit-and-run driving.

Investigators said Burgess hopped into a car after its owner parked at the bar and got out, and took off while the female passenger was still inside. Police said Burgess hit several other cars before the passenger managed to escape. They said witnesses stopped Burgess and held him at the scene until officers could arrive.

Investigators said Burgess told them he wanted to see what it would be like to play the video game "Grand Theft Auto" in real life.

Police said nobody was seriously hurt in the incident.

IMAGE: East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office

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