We all love video games. They’ve been playing a huge role in most of our lives as one of our saviors during this tumultuous lockdown time. However, would you take the risk of being put in prison for buying a copy of the new Call of Duty game? I know, it’s a ridiculous question, but that is exactly what happened in the West Midlands of the United Kingdom.
A few days ago, West Midlands Police shared a video clip on YouTube which features the incident, which took place on January 13 this year. In the display, Clint Butler, who escaped from HMP Spring Hill open prison, was caught by two officers while he came into town with a friend to buy the new Call of Duty game.
On January 13, Birmingham city center officers Mark Owen and Allison Brown saw Clint along with his friend and asked them why they were in town during the lockdown. Clint’s friend replied: “I’ve come to get the new Call of Duty because I can’t sit around in lockdown.”
Since there are certain obligations for the lockdown in the United Kingdom, the officers told them that they were going to check their IDs. In that time, Clint panicked, kicked officer Owen in the groin, and attempted to run away. However, the criminal instantly slipped due to slippery ground, still managing to punch Officer Brown in the face. With the help of security guards around, officers used pepper sprays on Clint Butler and his friend, then managed to handcuff them.
According to the West Midlands Police office, Clint Butler initially gave a false name after getting caught, but they soon found out his real identity.
The 36-year old criminal has been serving a 17-years extended sentence for crimes including robbery and firearms offences, which is due to finish in 2024. Previously, he succeeded in escaping from jail on November 28, 2020. But now Clint is put behind bars once more with an additional 19 months for attacking an officer and escaping prison.