Melbourne, Aug 27 : Second Life virtual world user Kimberly Jernigan, who fell for her fellow user, has been charged with trying to kidnap him at gunpoint.
Jernigan, 33, of North Carolina in the US was also charged with attempted kidnapping, burglary and aggravated menacing in a bizarre case of virtual love and real violence.
As the case revealed, Jernigan had allegedly launched two plots to kidnap her former boyfriend, a 52-year-old man she met in Second Life.
The man had reportedly begun a relationship with Jerrigan in cyberspace, but ended it after meeting her in person.
Jilted Jernigan then allegedly drove to the man's workplace in Pennsylvania, two states to the north of North Carolina, and attempted to kidnap him at gunpoint.
When the attempt failed, she soon returned two weeks later with a new plan, and this time she posed as a postal worker for four days to find out where the man lived, the police said.
Jernigan allegedly broke into her ex-boyfriend's apartment and, bizarrely, taped her own dog's mouth shut to stop it from barking while she lay in wait, armed with a Taser, for her former lover to come home.
The man fled after entering his apartment and seeing a laser-sight aimed at his chest, he told police, and Jernigan also fled leaving behind her dog, a pair of handcuffs, a roll of duct tape, a Taser and a BB gun.
The police were able to detain Jernigan about an hour later on a nearby highway.
"We had an agreement to have a somewhat open relationship and actually being involved in (a) game online was a very safe way to do that," News.com.au reported Jernigan as saying.
She said her lover recently separated from his wife, or so she thought when they had both got started.
Jernigan is being held in custody and bail has been set at US65,000 dollars.