Two Marines, Javier Soch and Seth Ortega, have aided police in apprehending a suspected murder suspect thanks to playing Pokémon Go. But just how has a mobile game aided in this arrest, you ask? According to Marines, Soch's instance of Pokémon Go froze up and they both happened to noticed a man carrying what appeared to be a red plastic rose towards a woman and three children.
The party quickly made an escape from the suspect and contacted the authorities while Soch and Ortega kept vision on the man. They confirmed he also approached another woman and two children who were also playing Pokémon Go. Ortega explained the situation to ABC7:
"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. At this point I'm running across the street and a gentleman who was walking down the street does the same thing."
The suspect was arrested on the spot for child annoyance, but it was later revealed he also had an outstanding warrant for attempted murder in Sonoma, California. Haven't heard about the Pokémon Go craze yet? We've got a number of resources that will quickly bring you up to speed.
- Pokemon Go beginner's guide
- Pokémon Go tips, tricks, and cheats
- Pokémon Go parents guide: Keep your kids safe!
- How to change your Pokémon Go trainer avatar
- How to track nearby Pokémon
- Where to find different types of Pokémon
- How to catch Pokémon
- How to evolve and level up Pokémon
- How to win gym battles and earn coins
- How to be lazy and play on the couch
- How to fix crashes and server errors
- Pokemon Go help and discussion forum