Police arrest man for alleged kidnapping of 13-year-old they met on Roblox, VRChat

Published: 2022-12-30T03:33:53

Updated: 2022-12-30T03:34:07

Utah police have arrested a 26-year-old man, Aaron Zeman, after he allegedly kidnapped a 13-year-old boy. Zemen, who goes by Hunter Fox online, met the kid on Roblox and VRChat before convincing him to meet him in real life.

Utah police were looking for a 13-year-old boy on Dec. 26 and sent an orange alert to residents across the state.

The boy was finally found safe in Nebraska on Dec. 28 and the alert was canceled, with police arresting 26-year-old man Aaron Zeman for the alleged kidnapping. He was charged with kidnapping and resisting arrest.

It was initially suspected that his name was Hunter Fox, which is the online alias he uses on both Roblox and VRChat, where the two apparently met.

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A Twitter account reportedly used by Zeman under the name Hunter Fox tweeted on December 14 about how he would “spend my life with him.” He didn’t say who he was talking about.

“I am so lucky. We played VRChat together for about an hour. Today I heard his voice for the first time since [November 20]. This is already the best Christmas. I love you.”

Aaron Zeman photo Utah policeFacebook: Layton City Police Department

Aaron Zeman (pictured) has been arrested for the alleged kidnapping.

According to the police, Zeman had been in contact with the child for some time. Layton Police Officer Lt. Travis Lyman told the media that charges had not yet been filed because Utah and the Nebraska Police Department were in the process of determining how they would be prosecuted.

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“They have traveled across state lines and we need to talk to both the suspect and the victim to determine what happened and sort the charges… and determine who will prosecute whatever those charges are.”

He also urged parents to be more aware of their child’s online activities.

“Unfortunately, we see many instances where this type of communication takes place, rarely does it escalate to the point where someone is lured out of their home and leaves with such a suspect.

“Unfortunately, this kind of communication, grooming, and seduction … is more common than you think.”

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