Saturday, August 23, 2008

Kim Jernigan accused of kidnapping virtual boyfriend

33-year-old Kimberly Jernigan tried to kidnap the virtual boyfriend that broke up with her after they met in real life on Thursday, August 21. Jernigan, of North Carolina, met a 52 year old man from Delaware in the online game Second Life. The victim’s avatar, or virtual character, was a lion, and Jernigan’s avatar was a woman. After he broke up with her in real life, she became disturbed, trying to kidnap him at gunpoint from his Pennsylvania workplace in early August. She was unsuccessful.

Police said Jernigan posed as a postal worker in order to locate the victim's new address, as he had recently moved. After four days of searching, authorities said she found residence in the Whitney Presidential Towers on the 7100 block of Society Drive in Claymont.

With her dog Gogi in tow, investigators said Jernigan cut and removed a screened window in order to enter her virtual ex's apartment.When the victim arrived home on Thursday, August 21, he told police he saw someone pointing an object at his chest that was projecting a laser beam. He immediately fled the apartment and contacted police.

Officers arriving at the scene discovered a pair of handcuffs, a roll of duct tape, a Taser and a BB gun as well as the suspect's dog.Police said Jernigan had bound her dog Gogi with duct tape and put him in the bathroom as he was making too much noise. The dog was said to be uninjured, but the SPCA is looking into possible charges of animal cruelty.

Jernigan is being held on attempted kidnapping, aggravated menacing, and burglary after she was arrested at a Maryland rest area on I-95.

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