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Sheriff: 2 Florida men stabbed ex-roommate to death because they thought he stole their PlayStation

Posted at 3:46 PM, Nov 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-28 23:00:27-05

MAITLAND, Fla. (AP) — Authorities in central Florida say a man was stabbed to death by his former housemates over a stolen PlayStation.

Seminole County Sheriff Dennis Lemma said 22-year-old Jake Bilotta and 21-year-old Ian McClurg believed that their former roommate, 24-year-old Joshua Barnes, stole their PlayStation console.

Investigators say the pair lured Barnes to the home they once shared in Maitland, under the premise of going to a party, and then stabbed him several times with a chef’s knife.

According to the sheriff, as the two were putting the body in plastic bags, their new roommate returned home with a Tinder date and discovered what happened. That roommate fled and called 911, deputies said.

Bilotta and McClurg were arrested on homicide charges Tuesday. No attorneys are listed on their jail records.

“Right before I walked out here we were making the direct correlation to the Deltona case over these gaming systems and things that have little value, no association with the value of human life whatsoever,” Lemma told WFTV. “It is just absolutely bizarre.”