Online Gamers Watch Armed Break-In Through Video Feed, Help Save Woman’s Life

Kate Patrick | Contributor

A European online gamer may have saved the life of a 28-year-old woman in Tempe, Ariz., who was playing “Defense of the Ancients 2” when two armed men broke into her home.

The gamer watched the two men enter the woman’s apartment Monday at 5:10 a.m. at gunpoint through a video feed. The international rescuer then called a U.S. friend in Tempe, who in turn called the police. Both the woman and her 29-year-old roommate are unharmed, Tempe police Lt. Mike Pooley told the Arizona Republic.

One suspect was arrested — 27-year-old Edgardo Martinez — who pretended to be a victim of the break-in at first, police told a CBS KPHO reporter. After he tried to flee, Martinez was caught in a neighboring apartment building. He is being charged with armed robbery, first-degree burglary, theft of a firearm, theft of a credit card and kidnapping.

The second man is still at large, Tempe police Sgt. Steve Carbajal told the Arizona Republic.

Pooley believes the suspects wanted to force the woman to withdraw money from her bank account, according to CBS and the Arizona Republic.

Watch the video of the break-in here:

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