An argument over a fantasy card game allegedly turned violent over the weekend, according to Missoula police.

Houston Siracusa, 29, was charged with assault with a weapon, a felony, in connection with the incident shortly before midnight Saturday.

Siracusa was among the people playing Magic: The Gathering at a home in the 3100 block of Washburn Street, according to Missoula Police Detective Sgt. Bob Bouchee.

One of the men there said that Siracusa pulled a knife during an argument and slashed his leg, according to charging documents in his caes.

A police officer saw a 3- to 4-inch bleeding cut on the victim’s lower left leg, according to an affidavit filed by Assistant Chief Deputy County Attorney Jennifer Clark.

The man ended up with 15 stitches, according to the Missoula County Attorney’s Office.

The man was treated at a hospital and released. The injury wasn’t life-threatening, Bouchee said.

On Monday, Missoula County Justice of the Peace Karen Orzech set Siracusa’s bail at $10,000 and ordered him to stay away from the alleged victim and from the home on Washburn.

“I’m telling you that if there’s any contact at all with the alleged victim in this case, I’m going to revoke your bail and it’s going to be $50,000,” she said.

Assault with a weaon carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and/or a $50,000 fine.

Reporter Gwen Florio can be reached at 523-5268, or @CopsAndCourts.

(2) comments


The victim must have had only 0/1 and no counters.


So that's what they mean by "nerd rage" ;-)

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