Gotta Catch ‘Em All, I Guess: Men Playing Pokemon Go Help Police Catch Attempted Murder Suspect

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Two people playing Pokemon Go ended up helping police apprehend someone wanted for attempted murder. To be more specific, it wasn’t the game that helped them catch the suspect. Seth Ortega and his friend, Javier Soch, were walking through a park in Fullterton, California playing Pokemon Go when Ortega’s game froze. It was at that point he looked up to see a man with a red plastic rose approach a woman with her three kids, according to the report from the local ABC 7 affiliate.

According to Ortega, the man moved on to another woman and her family. He said, “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. At this point I’m running across the street and a gentleman who was walking down the street does the same thing.”

Ortega and his friend surrounded the man and kept him busy until authorities arrived to detain him. Originally, the man was going to be charged with child annoyance, but when the police ran his name, they found that he was wanted for attempted murder up in Sonoma, California.

Lately, there have been plenty of reports about folks getting mugged or otherwise victimized while playing Pokemon Go. It’s nice to know that it can also lead to some pretty good things, lucky happenstance or not.

(via Polygon, image via Flickr/Scott Davidson)

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