Marines Playing Pokemon GO Help Catch Attempted Murder Suspect

US Marines Seth Ortega and Javier Soch were playing Pokemon GO at a park in Fullerton, California when the game locked up. While waiting for it to unfreeze, they looked up and noticed a man with a plastic red rose approach a woman with three children, KABC-TV Los Angeles reports. [GIF images via KABC-TV Los Angeles]

The woman and her children ran away and then called the police. Ortega and Soch continued watching the suspicious man as he approached another mother and her kids, who were also in the park playing Pokemon 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 another gentleman who was walking down the street does the same thing," Ortega added.

The suspect was arrested for alleged child annoyance, KABC-TV Los Angeles reports, and it was later discovered that he had an outstanding warrant out for attempted murder.

"A lot of people are just drawn into their phones, you know, staring in this, not really paying attention to what's going on," said Soch. "You really gotta pay attention to what's going on around you."


Comments

    Wow, so if the game hadn't crashed it would have been "Off Duty Marines Engrossed In Pokemon Go Ignore Child Molester".

      But the game was always going to crash so it wasn't really an issue!

    Is Pokemon GO now just a framing device for all news? Everyone is playing it while finding bodies and handguns in the grass, preventing murders making Boris Johnson Foreign Secretary of Britain.

    Don't you remember when all the stories were "Men Reading Newspapers Help Catch Attempted Murder Suspect"

    I can't think of a good "Gotta Catch em all" pun/play on words to apply to this. Someone help me...

      Maybe something involving Pervyman?

      You're right. There's comedy gold there, but it's just out of reach.

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