With the rising popularity of Pokemon GO sweeping the nation, it’s only natural that some folks are going to get themselves into trouble while playing the augmented reality game. What was originally designed to help people get off their couches and out into the world has led to many folks having run-ins with the law due to distracted driving, riding, or even just walking.
Let’s look at some highlights of the arrests across the globe that have occurred from Pokemon GO gamers running head first into actual reality…
- O’Fallon, MO – Several teens used the app to lure players to a location where they were then robbed. The same group of suspects perpetrated these armed robberies in several surrounding counties, adding up to 10 or 11 total incidents.
- San Antonio, TX – Two men were playing Pokemon GO in a parking lot when they were surprised by two knife-wielding men who demanded their car, money, and cell phones. The suspects were caught later that day, and they’re being charged with aggravated robbery (a felony offense) and face up to 99 years in prison.
- Toldeo, OH – Police arrested two individuals who hopped the fence in the middle of the night to get into the Toledo Zoo to catch more Pokemon. The temptation to snag all the creatures housed within the zoo walls was too much, they asserted. They’ve now been banned from returning to the zoo, which they only lament because of the lost opportunity to collect ’em all.
- Trier, Germany – An eighteen-year old evading a prison sentence was busted while playing Pokemon GO with friends. Police Officers noticed their strange behavior and asked to see identification from the group, which ultimately led to the young man’s arrest. He’s now serving his six month sentence.
If you’re a dedicated Pokemon GO player, be sure to keep an eye out and stay within the law as you collect the imaginary creatures all over town. And if you get in a pinch, call us at 956-316-2245 to bail you out of jail.