Pokmon woe: player drives into police car while another is robbed
Elsewhere, a Pokmon woe trainer gets stuck in a tree as officers across the country struggle to handle continuing app-fuelled mishaps
A woman trying to catch Pokmon woe got stuck in a cemetery tree in New Jersey, a Baltimore man drove into a police car and a man in New Hampshire was robbed at knifepoint, as officers around the US struggle to respond to Pokmon hunters distracted into danger.
In Clarksboro, New Jersey, a woman trying to catch digital creatures on Pokmon Go climbed a tree on Tuesday night inside the Eglington cemetery.
She then called 911, apparently feeling that she needed rescue. A crew from the East Greenwich Township fire and rescue arrived, set up an extension ladder, and brought her down.
She was a bit embarrassed at that point, Chief Rob Gould III told WCAU-TV. Officials said the woman was young but did not release her name, saying they wanted to spare her additional embarrassment.
For all those out there playing Pokmon woe, take heed of all of the warnings and be careful not to put yourself into bad situations, the department posted on Facebook. Think about what you are doing and where you are going before you actually do it.
Gould said: We have noticed there has been an increase in foot traffic around town. Some of the sites in town, such as the churches and the cemetery, are game stops … We were just trying to get the word out that people need to be cognizant about watching where they are going and what they are doing so no one gets hurt.
In Baltimore, a distracted driver sideswiped a police cruiser with his SUV, police reported on Wednesday. Officers were standing on a corner in the citys south-east early Monday when, police said, a Toyota RAV-4 hit a cruiser steps away.
Police said the driver told police that he was looking down at the game on his cellphone when he hit the cruiser. No one was hurt in the incident, and the police spokesperson TJ Smith said prosecutors were considering charges.
In body camera footage released by police, the man steps out and shows officers his phone. Thats what I get for playing this dumbass game, he said. Pokmon woe
In New Hampshire, police said a man playing the game was robbed at knifepoint on Wednesday.
Police said a 24-year-old was walking down a bicycle path in Manchester when two people approached. One drew a knife and held it to the mans throat, and the pair demanded his cellphone and wallet.
Officers later captured 29-year-old Raymond Lavigne and 26-year-old Michael Drake and charged them with armed robbery and resisting arrest. Lavigne also was charged with falsifying physical evidence because police say he discarded the phone. Pokmon woe
Police said they believed the suspects happened on the victim by chance, but in at least one incident, armed robbers actually used a lure tool within the game to tempt players into remote locations. Four people were arrested earlier in July after they robbed players in OFallon, Missouri.
New Hampshire police have also used the game, albeit in jest, by trying to attract fugitives to their police headquarters with the promise of a rare Charizard.
The game has drawn warnings from motor vehicle agencies and police departments around the country. In Goochland, Virginia, the sheriffs department has warned people not to wander into public or private land during strange hours, writing on Facebook: Deputies have located numerous individuals on business, church, and government properties at all hours of the night, when these places are closed to the public.
In Duvall, Washington, police pleaded with the public to just be smart about it if people feel the need to run around playing Pokmon woe.
The not-for-profit National Safety Council has meanwhile asked players to consider safety over their scores before a life is lost.
Authorities have also raised concerns abroad. In Bosnia, police have warned players to avoid former minefields, in Indonesia a French man was arrested for wandering on to a military base, and in Australia players were mugged at gunpoint.