A person from Tuskegee, Alabama is convicted of robbing a Pokemon GO player at gunpoint. This becomes just the second superior profile conviction related to the sport, as a Russian person was lately sentenced for actively playing the sport in a church.
Lee County District Legal professional Brandon Hughes has introduced that Walter Tatum, 19, has been detained and convicted of robbery initially diploma and assault 3rd diploma next an incident that took put in July 2016, shortly following Pokemon GO was launched.
1 player of the hit cell sport stated that they ended up actively playing Pokemon GO at 3am and headed to the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art in Auburn (which is reportedly a great spot for catching scarce Pokemon). It was right here that four gentlemen putting on bandanas and wielding BB guns robbed the target at gunpoint and left them with “minor injuries” that needed treatment method at the crisis space of a nearby clinic.
Whilst all 4 gentlemen, including Vincent Lockart, twenty, Travonn Cowan, 18, and Jeffrey Colvert Jr., 19, made off in a motor vehicle, taking their stolen items (the victim’s cellphone and charger) with them, they ended up apprehended by police and taken into custody. Tatum faces twenty yrs to everyday living in prison, though two of the suspects pleaded guilty and have pending sentences, though the fourth suspect’s case is pending.
The Auburn Law enforcement Division has put out protection warnings about Pokemon GO, reminding persons not to get way too distracted by the sport and obtain on their own in risk. There ended up loads of headlines final year about the hazards of the cell title, together with people getting on their own arrested for utilizing police stations as PokeStops, car crashes, persons currently being stranded simply because they ventured way too much to play the sport, and 1 person who stumbled on a lifeless physique when they ended up just attempting to capture ’em all.
Now, practically a year on considering the fact that Niantic’s phenomenally preferred cell sport hit iOS and Android, it isn’t as preferred as it at the time was (Pokemon GO‘s daily user decrease seems to verify this) and so the danger linked with actively playing the sport is a large amount considerably less. But that doesn’t mean to say that there are not nonetheless persons who would acquire the possibility to make a rapid buck by preying on Pokemon GO gamers, and this tale is a harsh reminder of that.
Pokemon GO is obtainable on iOS and Android.
Source: Opelika-Auburn News