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Two People Playing POKÉMON GO Helped Cops Arrest a Criminal

Two People Playing POKÉMON GO Helped Cops Arrest a Criminal

With virtually everybody with a smartphone walking around the planet in an effort to catch ’em all in Pokémon Go, a bunch of bizarre circumstances are bound to happen with this increase in activity, and they have: People are figuring out how to get around walking by using drones, meeting up in groups of thousands to catch Pokémon, and are using Uber to play the game (that last one is a parody, but it’s bound to happen for real soon enough).

Now, a couple of players have been able to help the boys in blue by finding a man wanted for attempted murder.

As KABC-TV in Fullerton, California reports, Marines Seth Ortega and Javier Soch were walking around and playing Pokémon Go at about 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday when Soch’s game froze. It was at this point that he looked up from his phone and saw a man holding a red plastic rose approach a women and her three kids, who quickly fled. The mother then called 911 while Ortega and Soch kept an eye on the guy. Then the suspicious man approached another mother and her two children (who were also playing Pokémon Go).

“We see the gentleman go approach them again, at this point, me and my roommate start walking across the street and the gentleman actually walks up and touches one of the children, one of the boys, his toe, and starts walking his way up to the knee,” Ortega said. “At this point I’m running across the street and a gentleman who was walking down the street does the same thing.”

Police arrived and arrested the man for child annoyance, but then discovered that he had an outstanding warrant for attempted murder in Sonoma, California. Police said the man would be extradited to Sonoma to face his charges.

Watch the news story above, and remember to look up from Pokémon Go every now and then.

Featured image: KABC-TV

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