TEMPE. AZ - Online gamers were in for a surprise Monday morning when one of their teammates was a victim of a home invasion during game play .
Video posted on a popular gaming news website showed video that the online gamer had recorded and posted online while she played Dota 2.
The original video shows normal game play and a webcam shot of the player, when she suddenly ducks after a commotion and an individual with a gun comes into view.
“On the ground, now!” a man shouts off camera.
After seven minutes, an individual comes into frame with what appears to be stolen items and several guns.
An observant gamer, watching the victim’s live stream, told the group of worldwide players, “apparently they’re getting robbed.”
The webcam plays with normal gameplay for over 17 minutes as the incident unfolds.
The home invasion occurred in Tempe around 5:15 a.m. A female victim was reportedly surprised by two men who forced their way into her apartment. She was at home with her boyfriend, according to a 911 call.
The robbers had locked the gamer and her boyfriend in a room, and planned to take them to a bank to withdraw money, police said.
When officers arrived on the scene one suspect, 27-year-old Edgardo Martinez, was still inside the apartment. Martinez fled on foot and was located after a short foot pursuit.
Police are still searching for the other suspect. He is described as a Hispanic male, last wearing a long-sleeve grey shirt and black pants.
Individuals online at the same time as the live-streamed videogame watched as the invasion occurred. A player in Europe contacted someone in the U.S. who knows the victim’s address. That person, who lives in Arizona, called 911.
Tweets from fellow gamers and figures in the gaming community suggest the players involved are OK.