Authorities in Las Vegas, NV say a group of Pokemon Go players was attacked by a different kind of monster – armed robbers.
Police spokeswoman Laura Meltzer said the incident unfolded in Gary Reese Freedom Park shortly after 4 a.m. Monday morning. The group of six gamers were hunting down Pokemon monsters when an SUV drove up to the group. An armed man and a juvenile inside the vehicle demanded the players’ possessions at gunpoint.
Fortunately, one of the group’s players was packing more than a Pikachu. The player, who has a permit to carry, drew his gun and shot at the armed robbers, who then shot back.
One man in the group of players was treated for a gunshot wound at University Medical Center and is expected to recover.
Police identified the SUV when the suspect was also dropped off at UMC by his accomplice after suffering a nonlife-threatening gunshot wound in the shootout. Both suspects were arrested.
Elvis Campos, 18, was arrested on charges of robbery with a deadly weapon, battery with a deadly weapon, conspiracy to commit robbery and assault with a deadly weapon, the Metropolitan Police Department said in a statement. Police said Campos’ accomplice is a juvenile, therefore his name is not being released.
Since it’s launch, the game’s insane popularity has created countless unforeseen situations for people, from annoyed property owners dealing with trespassers to retailers using it to attract more playing customers into their stores.