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Burglary, robbery, kidnapping and a shoot-out over… a domain name?!
When transfers go really, really wrong, allegedly
The high drama started when Hopkins allegedly broke into the house on June 21 brandishing a gun, causing Deyo to flee to his bedroom. According to the complaint, Hopkins then smashed his way into the bedroom and, at gunpoint, led Deyo to another room where his computer was and forced him to log in to his domain name account (we don't know which registrar, but Deyo used to work for GoDaddy). Hopkins then ordered him to change the registrant details to an unnamed third party, it is claimed.
Deyo was either extremely reluctant to let the domain name go, or suspected that he was going to be shot following the transfer, because at some point during the process he grabbed Hopkins' gun, we're told.
The gun went off and hit Deyo in the right foot, it is claimed. Despite that, Deyo kept fighting and pulled the gun off Hopkins, according to the police report, at which point Hopkins made a run for it. Deyo then reportedly shot him twice before calling the police, telling them he had shot a burglar. It was 1:30pm.
Both men were taken to hospital, but following recovery and after giving statements, Deyo was released without charge and Hopkins was arrested and taken from the hospital to jail and booked under first-degree burglary, first-degree robbery and first-degree kidnapping charges. The kind of thing that puts you behind bars for a long time.
A preliminary hearing for Hopkins will be held on Friday, July 28. In the meantime, he is being held on a $75,000 cash-only bond. The police investigation continues. ®