A New Crime For Xbox Live: Witness Tampering

We've heard of sexual predators using Xbox Live as a means to stalk their prey and threaten the rare school shooting threat made over the Xbox 360 online network. But tampering with a witness sounds like a new one.

According to a report from the New Haven Register, Anthony Hayward of Hamden, Connecticut was arrested on charges of "tampering with a witness, intimidating a witness and two counts of second-degree harassment," all based on messages sent via Xbox Live. Those messages include "I wouldn't laugh 2 much U a dead man walking" and "Rats die slow."

Those threats were allegedly made to a material witness in a case against Hayward, who was free on bail following gun and drug possession charges. Hayward turned himself into police, according to the report, but has not yet posted bail on his latest charges.

A tough break for him, but one more post for the Kotaku Xbox Live crime tag!

Milford cops say threat made through Xbox [New Haven Register - thanks, Minhly!]