martes, 9 de agosto de 2016

Pokemon Go has recaptured the imaginations of a generation of nostalgic fans by bringing the 90s monster-catching Pokemon craze to smartphones. The game has gotten people out of their houses, exploring their environments, exercising and making new friends.
But the game's viral popularity hasn't always been for the best. Since the very first week that it released, Pokemon Go has made headlines for leading people into dangerous situations as they track down Pickachus and Charizards in the real world.
Take a look through the list of every crime, death, accident and dangerous situation linked to the game. Did we miss one? Let us know in the comments.
Kin Cheung | The Associated Press

What is Pokemon Go?
If you're still not sure what this whole Pokemon Go phenomenon is all about, here's a quick explainer. The game overlays creatures called "Pokemon" on a map of the real world. Players catch these Pokemon using "Pokeballs" which they can get from landmarks like monuments, historic sites and public art. Players join one of three teams, and can battle other teams at high profile landmarks called "Gyms."

The game is available on iPhone and Android devices. It is free to play, but includes in game items that can be purchased to speed up your progress. 
Alabama: Player robbed at gunpoint
Police arrested four suspects accused of robbing a Pokemon Go player at gunpoint early in the morning in Auburn. The player was able to provide enough of a description for police to track the men down.
Crystal VanderWeit | The Associated Press
Arizona: Couple abandons child to play Pokemon Go
An Arizona couple left their 2-year-old at home to drive around and play Pokemon Go. Brent Daley, 27, and Brianne Daley, 25, were arrested on child neglect charges.
Screenshot from YouTube

Arizona: Teen has phone stolen by other players after prank
A Chandler teen thought it would be funny to prank other players by loudly announcing that he had spotted a rare Pokemon. One group didn't appreciate the joke, and followed the teen before one of them grabbed the phone and apparently threw it in a nearby lake.
Arizona: Man robbed in parking lot
In Flagstaff, a man was walking in a parking lot playing Pokemon Go when he was hit hard on the back of the head. He blacked out, briefly, and when he woke up he said four men were digging through his pockets. They fled when he started swinging his fists.
Koji Sasahara | The Associated Press
California: Men fall off ocean bluff
Firefighters rescued two men who fell off a 90-foot cliff while hunting Pokemon in Encinitas. One man fell all the way down to the beach below, while the other fell about 50 feet down the cliff.
Marcio Jose Sanchez | The Associated Press
California: Attempted murder suspect harasses children
Two U.S. Marines helped police catch a wanted murder suspect who was harassing children who were playing the game. The two Marines were also playing Pokemon Go when they noticed the man inappropriately touching the kids. It was later discovered that he the man had warrant out for his arrest.
screenshot from ABC 7 video
California: Man stabbed multiple times
A man playing Pokemon Go at a park in Anaheim around midnight was attacked by multiple people and stabbed in the torso. The man was distracted by the game when the attack occurred. 
Tatan Syuflana | The Associated Press
California: Teens robbed at gunpoint
Teens playing Pokemon Go were robbed near the Willows City Pool. Three masked men accosted them in the early hours of the morning.
Rafiq Maqbool | The Associated Press
California: Player beaten, robbed
A Davis County man, distracted by the game, was attacked and beaten by three men. They took his wallet and phone.
Thomas Cytrynowicz | The Associated Press
California: Woman robbed, refuses medical attention
A San Francisco woman was robbed while playing the game by two men. She refused medical attention.
Rafiq Maqbool | The Associated Press
California: Teens robbed
Two teens playing Pokemon Go in Merced were robbed by a man who threatened them with a gun.
screenshot from YouTube
California: Player slashed by man who thought he was being recorded
A player is recovering after being slashed with a straight razor by two people who thought he was recording them in San Jose. The attack occurred in broad daylight, and the player managed to chase the pair off.
Salwan Georges | The Associated Press
Connecticut: Players find naked woman vandalizing church
Two men visiting the Pokestop at St. Luke's Church in Westport came across a shocking scene. A naked woman was vandalizing the church prayer garden. Police committed the 40-year-old woman to Norwalk Hospital.
Cole Burston | The Associated Press
Florida: Player has firework tossed at him
A man playing Pokemon Go with his friends said he was targeted by someone who threw a firework at him out a vehicle. Boca Raton police concluded that there wasn't enough evidence to conclude that a crime had been committed.
Amr Nabil | The Associated Press
Florida: Man shoots at teens he mistakes for thieves
A man shot at two teens in the Palm Coast area after seeing them outside his home late at night. He heard one of them say "did you get anything?" and assumed they were thieves.
Cole Burston | The Associated Press
Georgia: Player reports being sexually assaulted
An Athens man told police he was sexually assaulted while playing Pokemon Go by a man he thought might have a weapon. The victim said the man touched the inside of thigh and asked whether he liked men.
Beatriz Costa-Lima | The Associated Press
Illinois: Player punched, robbed, sent to ER
A man playing Pokemon Go at night at a park in Edgewater was ambushed by three teens who punched him in the face and stole his cell phone. They attackers fled as onlookers began to approach.
Kin Cheung | The Associated Press
Indiana: Sex offender caught playing game with teen
Indiana police say Randy Zuick, 42, violated his probation for a child molestation conviction when he was spotted playing Pokemon Go with a teen near Hancock County Courthouse. Terms of his probation include avoiding contact with children.
Hancock County Sheriff's Dept.
Iowa: Football player stopped by armed police
Iowa defensive linemen Faith Ekakitie was stopped at gunpoint by police while he was playing Pokemon Go. Police mistakenly believed he may have been involved in a bank robbery.
David Scrivner | The Associated Press
Maine: Driver accused of intentionally hitting player.
Jeannie Chapman, 36, of Brewer, is accused of intentionally hitting a pedestrian she saw playing Pokemon Go. She has been charged with aggravated assault, and could face 10 years in prison.
Cole Burston | The Associated Press

Maryland: Driver crashes into police car
Baltimore police released an officer's body cam footage showing a Pokemon Go player crash his SUV into a police vehicle while driving distractedly. "This is no different than texting and driving. You have to pay attention while driving," police said in a statement.
Massachusetts: Woman approached by suspicious men
A woman playing Pokemon Go in Bridgewater says two suspicious men blocked off a street with their van and began approaching her before she fled. The men did not say anything to her, and she didn't wait around to find out if they were friendly.
Eugene Hoshiko
Michigan: Wanted criminal wanders to police station
A Michigan police station doubles as a "gym" in Pokemon Go. That was enough to lure William Wilcox, a wanted criminal who was playing the game, right to the cops' doorstep. He was wanted for breaking and entering and for failing to appear at a sentencing.
Michigan: Assault in argument over game
A 53-year-old Detroit-area man was hospitalized after an argument with a 33-year-old man who was playing Pokemon Go. The victim was bleeding from the back of his head on a sidewalk in Mount Clemens.
Salwan Georges | The Associated Press

Minnesota: Man gets arrested after confronting players
Bruce Daniel Reed, 67, angrily stormed from player to player, shouting and causing property damage, at Winona Veterans Memorial Park. Patrol officers stepped in between Reed and a player, and ended the confrontation.
Missouri: Armed robbers 'lure' players to danger
Four teens in Missouri set up 'lures' — an in-game item used to attract Pokemon — to attract players to a location and rob them. Police arrested them and recovered a handgun.
screenshot from Facebook
Nebraska: Drunk driver arrested
A man was driving drunk to various locations in Nickerson while trying to catch Pokemon. He was arrested for DWI.
Screenshot from YouTube
Nevada: Bloody knife fight involving players
Someone tried to rob a Pokemon Go player at Desert Breeze Park in Las Vegas. The player fought back, several people joined in, and the scene turned into a bloody fight.
screenshot from Twitter
Nevada: Player shoots would-be robber
Pokemon Go players wandering around Las Vegas early in the morning when an armed robber tried to take their money. One of the players had a gun, and shot the robber in the stomach.
Brett Le Blanc | The Associated Press
New Hampshire: Player finds dead body in park
A man spotted a corpse floating in Salmon Brook, which runs through Rotary Park in downtown Nahsua. The player was drawn to the spot because it is near a Holocaust Memorial, which is a landmark in the game.
screenshot from Twitter
New Jersey: Players robbed at gunpoint
Two people had their wallets and phones stolen while playing Pokemon Go late at night in Linden. The players followed the SUV to get the license plate, but stopped following when they heard gunshots.
Salwan Georges | The Associated Press


New Jersey: Player gets stuck in a tree at a cemetery
A New Jersey woman climbed a tree inside Eglington Cemetery, and was forced to call 911 when she couldn't get herself down. She was "a bit embarrassed" to admit she got there playing Pokemon Go.

New York: Man gets lost in woods, calls 911
An Upstate New York man hunting Pokemon at night got lost in the woods and stuck in a mud pit. Fortunately, he had his phone and was able to call 911 for help.
New York: Player has smartphone stolen at gunpoint
Police are investigating after a 19-year-old Long Island man had his smartphone stolen while playing the game. A car with at least three people inside pulled up and one of the occupants threatened him with a gun and took his iPhone.
Kin Cheung | The Associated Press
New York: Woman steals boy's bike
Brandi-Lyn Heidenreich, 26, is accused of stealing a 13-year-old's bike to ride around and catch Pokemon. She took the bike from behind a business in Oakfield, and has been charged with petit larceny.
Kin Cheung | The Associated Press
New York: Driver crashes, breaks leg while playing
In Auburn, NY, a Pokemon Go player spotted a rare Pokemon while driving, and collided with a tree while he was distracted by the game. Steven Cary called it a "momentary lapse of reason."
Samantha House | shouse@syracuse.com
New York: Woman claims she defended herself with hammer
A Western NY woman said she was out playing Pokemon Go when someone attacked her with a hammer. She said she took the hammer and struck her attacker. But the alleged attacker claims the woman actually accosted her.
Thomas Cytrynowicz | The Associated Press

New York: Players involved in brawl
A popular Pokemon Go hotspot erupted into a brawl that involved some players in Hudson Falls. Video of the brawl was posted to YouTube.
North Carolina: Players stabbed, assaulted
A person playing Pokemon Go was stabbed and another was assaulted in Greenville, but police don't think the game was a factor. About 30 other Pokemon Go players witnessed the attack, and bystanders chased the suspect away.
Alan Diaz | The Associated Press

Ohio: Players trespass near tigers at zoo
A pair of Pokemon Go players were charged with criminal trespass after jumping a fence near the tigers at the Toledo Zoo in order to catch a Pokemon. "It wasn't the most responsible thing to do, but hey, gotta catch 'em all," said one of the players.

Ohio: Man robbed, shot in park
A Pokemon Go player was approached by a juvenile in a Columbus park. The juvenile asked to use the man's phone to call his mother, then fled with the phone. The man attempted to chase him, but was hit in the head by another person, and shot three times, according to police.
Ohio: Player dragged by car after robbers take phone
A man in Dayton was robbed by three men who pulled up in a car, said they were lost and asked to borrow his phone. Eric Hughes held on as the car dragged him for half a block, but let go when one of the robbers threatened to kill him with a gun.
Salwan Georges | The Associated Press
Oregon: Stab victim refuses treatment, keeps playing
A man who was stabbed while playing Pokemon Go in Forest Grove was able to give police a description of his attacker, but refused treatment for his wound so that he could continue playing the game.
Cole Burston | The Canadian Press via The Associated Press

Pennsylvania: Teen player hit by car
Autumn Deiseroth, 15, was crossing a busy 4-lane road in Tarentum when she was struck by an oncoming car. She said she was paying attention, not looking at her phone, and even tried to jump out of the way.

Rhode Island: Man assaults niece over game dispute
A Rhode Island man is accused of assaulting his niece, pulling her from a vehicle and kicking her in her rib cage over a dispute related to a "gym" in the game. Police were still searching for 44-year-old Kalada Fubara on July 26.


Texas: Player bitten by venomous snake
Lane Smith, 18, warns players to be cautious after he was bitten by a venomous snake while walking on a wooded trail. He was concentrating on his phone and saw what he thought was a stick. He stepped on it, only to find out it was a snake. Doctors were able to treat him, and believe it was a copperhead.

Texas: Man tries to strangle girlfriend
A Texas man assaulted his girlfriend when he saw her with a group of fellow Pokemon Go players, and accused her of cheating. When she later tried to leave him, he attempted to strangle her. She was able to fight him off and flee.
Texas: Rash of robberies involving players
Robberies near White Rock Lake have been on the rise as Pokemon Go players venture out into the area. Police warned people to stay vigilant, travel in groups and play in well-lit areas.
Salwan Georges
Texas: Man robbed, stabbed
A San Antonio man who did not wish to reveal his full name, was stabbed in the neck and had $4 and a pack of cigarettes stolen from him while he was distracted by Pokemon Go. Two men were arrested and charged with aggravated robbery.
Crystal VanderWeit | The Associated Press
Vermont: Drunk driver was playing game during crash
Vermont State Police said a drunk driver was also playing Pokemon Go when he crashed his car in Rutland Town. He had a BAC more than twice the legal limit, and acknowledged that he had also been playing the game.
Amr Nabil | The Associated Press
Virginia: Woman Robbed
Two males and a female robbed a woman playing Pokemon Go in the early morning at Yorktown Beach. The suspects talked to her about the game before attacking her, leaving her with several cuts and bruises.
The Associated Press
Washington: Player's car stolen
A man parked his car at Kennewick High School to walk around and catch Pokemon. When he returned, it had been stolen. Police charged a 16-year-old boy with the theft.
Sarah A. Miller | The Associated Press
Wisconsin: Drunk players crash into trees
Two players, both drunk, crashed into trees near Madison while playing Pokemon Go early in the morning on July 16, police said.
Thomas Cytrynowicz | The Associated Press
Wisconsin: Man threatens players with knife
A Madison man allegedly used a knife to threaten Pokemon Go players who were searching for Pokemon near his house. The man's wife is accused of punching a responding officer in the nose.
Thomas Cytrynowicz | The Associated Press
Wyoming: Woman finds dead body
A woman in central Wyoming discovered a dead body in the Wind River near the city of Riverton while playing the game on July 8. The death was believed to be accidental.
Richard Vogel | The Associated Press
Australia: Player goes missing, found dead days later
A Brisbane woman went missing after going out to play Pokemon Go. Two days later, her body was discovered. Family members said she took her own life. More details were not available.
Australia: Woman killed in hit-and-run
A Melbourne woman was killed in a hit-and-run while playing Pokemon Go. She was crossing the street when a person driving a stolen car collided with her at high speed after running a red light.
Ben Axelson | baxelson@syracuse.com
Canada: Juveniles try to illegally cross the border into U.S.
Two Pokemon Go players were so captivated by the game that they didn't realize they were illegally crossing the border from Canada into the States. Border Patrol agents realized the juveniles didn't realize what they had done, and reunited them with a parent.
Cole Burston | The Associated Press
Canada: Woman fires pellet gun at players
Police charged a woman in Newmarket, Ontario, with firing a pellet gun at a group of Pokemon Go players. Four shots were fired and no one was harmed.
Cole Burston | The Associated Press
Canada: Players robbed by attackers with bear spray
A group of Pokemon Go players in Saskatoon were robbed by men armed with bear spray. The men saw their phones out, demanded them, then hit them with the spray before they could respond.
Eugene Hoshiko | The Associated Press
Canada: Pedestrian, driver who almost hit her, both playing game
A woman playing Pokemon Go in a Toronto parking lot was nearly run over by a driver. The driver later admitted to playing the game behind the wheel during the incident.
Rafiq Maqbool | The Associated Press
Germany: 3 stabbed in brawl over game
Three men were rushed to the hospital after being stabbed during a brawl that erupted over Pokemon Go. According to reports, the brawl involved seven people, and was between rival Pokemon Go teams.
Daniel Ochoa de Olza | The Associated Press
Guatemala: Teen shot dead
Jerson Lopez de Leon, who was 18, was ambushed and died after being shot while playing Pokemon Go with his cousin in Chiquimula. It is believed to be the first death associated with people playing the game. It is unclear whether the game was used to lure the players, or whether it was a factor in the teen's death.
Bryna Godar | The Associated Press
United Kingdom: Teens get lost in cave
A group of teens hunting for Pokemon got lost and trapped in the winding Box Mines in Hawthorn, U.K. They were rescued by the local fire department, which used the boys' phones to track them down. No injuries have been reported.
Kin Cheung | The Associated Press
United Kingdom: Teens robbed at gunpoint
A group of teens playing Pokemon Go was robbed at gunpoint at a North London park. Three men demanded the teens handover their phones, and one of them drew what the teens thought was a firearm.
Daniel Ochoa de Olza | The Associated Press
More Pokemon Go crimes
We will add to and update this list with more Pokemon Go-related crimes and accidents as we learn of them. If you know of one we missed, please leave a comment below.

If you're playing, remember to stay safe, play with a group, stay aware and play during the day.