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Suspect in store bomb threat over 'Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3' video game: 'I wasn't gonna blow it up'

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Lomon Sar, 31, was angry Tuesday when Best Buy wouldn't sell him a special "Hardened Edition" of "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3" at a midnight release event.

Sar claims he called the store earlier in the day and paid $108 to pre-purchase the game.

Because he was driving when he made the purchase, Sar says he wasn't able to write down his invoice number. Sar says he was told to wait in line at 11 p.m. and would have "no problems" picking up his copy.

When Sar arrived at Best Buy near Tower Road and Interstate 70, he says it was a much different story.

Sar says the manager told him he was not in the computer system and would not be allowed to pick up the game, even though he claims his name was written on the box.

"I put my hands up to my head and I'm like, 'God, now I'm mad.' I said, 'I am so pissed right now I can blow this place up,'" Sar said.

He now admits it was a "poor choice of words," but says he didn't mean it literally.

"I wasn't gonna blow it up or anything like that, no," Sar said. "It's just something you say when you get mad, you know what I mean? But they're like empty threats. You can't get in trouble for just saying you're gonna bomb a building."

Store employees took the threat seriously and called Aurora Police.

Aurora Police Det. Bob Friel says Sar was pulled over early Tuesday morning as he was driving home near Tower Road and 35th Avenue. He was issued a summons for disorderly conduct.

According to Friel, witnesses say Sar threatened store workers, asking when they were leaving and allegedly saying he would shoot them in the parking lot.

Sar admits he made the bomb comment, but denies that he threatened to shoot anyone.

"I didn't say I was going to shoot them," Sar said. "The only guns I own are virtual. Virtual guns on Call of Duty."

"Investigating officers issued a criminal summons to a man who threatened to carry out his own version of modern warfare at the electronics store. Fortunately, this situation did not end in violence," Friel said.

Sar admits he was surprised by how quickly his story went viral on the Internet. Headlines called him a "nutcase" and the guy who threatened to "blow up Best Buy."

"I'm sorry about what I said, but, you know, it has to be mutual," Sar said. "[The manager] needs to apologize for screwing me around."

Sar later bought a copy of "Call of Duty" at a nearby Walmart and has spent hours playing the game since. He says he was most upset that Best Buy "wasted" time he could have spent playing the video game.

"It's like me wasting my time over there when I could have just been at home already playing. I wanted to be playing. That's what I wanted to do. Playing and ranking up," Sar said.

Best Buy spokesperson Sarah Hoffman issued a brief statement to 9NEWS.

"We're cooperating with the authorities and unfortunately we cannot comment any further on the investigation," Hoffman said.

Sar's anticipation for the game is not unique. Gamers like Matthew Martinez of Aurora have been waiting a long time for the release. Modern Warfare 3 has been hyped for months.

"I've been thinking about it all day just hoping they aren't sold out by the time I get off work," Martinez said.

Martinez shelled out $100 for the elite edition of the game. His buddies even went to the midnight release - joining thousands of die hard gamers across the country who couldn't wait to get their hands on it.

"They're really intense fanatics. It's all about getting to your top level as fast as you can. They probably won't even put the game down for days," Martinez said.

This is not the first alleged crime involving the popular video game.

Over the weekend in France, men used tear gas to rob a delivery truck carrying 6,000 copies of the game. That shipment was worth more than $500,000.

"I think it's crazy," Martinez said. "Too much Modern Warfare."

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