A man from Tuskegee, Alabama is convicted of robbing a Pokemon GO player at gunpoint. This becomes just the second high profile conviction related to the game, as a Russian man was recently sentenced for playing the game in a church.
Lee County District Attorney Brandon Hughes has announced that Walter Tatum, 19, has been detained and convicted of robbery first degree and assault third degree following an incident that took place in July 2016, shortly after Pokemon GO was released.
One player of the hit mobile game said that they were playing Pokemon GO at 3am and headed to the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art in Auburn (which is reportedly a good spot for catching rare Pokemon). It was here that four men wearing bandanas and wielding BB guns robbed the victim at gunpoint and left them with “minor injuries” that required treatment at the emergency room of a local hospital.
Although all four men, including Vincent Lockart, 20, Travonn Cowan, 18, and Jeffrey Colvert Jr., 19, made off in a vehicle, taking their stolen goods (the victim’s phone and charger) with them, they were apprehended by police and taken into custody. Tatum faces 20 years to life in prison, while two of the suspects pleaded guilty and have pending sentences, while the fourth suspect’s case is pending.
The Auburn Police Division has put out safety warnings about Pokemon GO, reminding people not to get too distracted by the game and find themselves in danger. There were plenty of headlines last year about the dangers of the mobile title, including people getting themselves arrested for using police stations as PokeStops, car crashes, people being stranded because they ventured too far to play the game, and one person who stumbled upon a dead body when they were just trying to catch ’em all.
Now, almost a year on since Niantic’s phenomenally popular mobile game hit iOS and Android, it isn’t as popular as it once was (Pokemon GO‘s daily user decline seems to confirm this) and so the risk associated with playing the game is a lot less. But that doesn’t mean to say that there aren’t still people who would take the opportunity to make a quick buck by preying on Pokemon GO players, and this story is a harsh reminder of that.
Pokemon GO is available on iOS and Android.
Source: Opelika-Auburn News