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San Francisco Man Kills Ikenna Uwakah, 22, in PlayStation 4 Sale Gone Wrong

Ikenna Uwakah

Ikenna Uwakah

A San Francisco man is behind bars, accused of shooting dead another young man for his Sony PlayStation 4 last Sunday afternoon.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports San Francisco police arrested 21-year-old Ronnie Collins on Monday. Collins was booked on suspicion of murder and attempted robbery in connection with the shooting death of Ikenna Uwakah, 22, of Daly City.

According to the SFPD, Collins responded to Uwakah’s online ad offering a popular, newly-released Sony PlayStation 4 gaming console, then shot the would-be seller three times after meeting him at a pre-arranged location in San Francisco’s Bayview district. Uwakah’s girlfriend was sitting beside him in his car when he was shot and gravely wounded. The young woman then drove him to about a mile, where police found him and had him rushed to San Francisco General Hospital, where he died.

San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon said it was “shocking and truly disturbing” that Collins “took another man’s life over a PlayStation 4.”

Assistant District Attorney Scot Clark called Collins a “Christmas-time predator,” an assertion flatly refuted by the suspect’s attorney.

“Mr. Collins is a young man with no criminal record, who was working as a security guard,” Deputy Public Defender Mark Jacobs told the Associated Press. “By unfairly portraying him as a predator, the district attorney’s office has taken the concept of ‘innocent until proven guilty’ and turned it on its head.”

Jacobs called Clark’s allegations “character assassination.”

Since it’s much-hyped release last month, Sony has sold more than two million PS4 consoles, which retail for around $400. Long lines and sellouts at retailers have led some console owners to sell their PS4s online, often at significant markups.

Collins was being held on $5 million bail.

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