Debunking Pokemon Go Related Crimes

Pokemon Go Crimes
Source: France 24

Pokemon Go has taken over parks, beaches, and spread to every corner of the world. But the world’s biggest mobile gaming craze has brought with it a bunch of weird, and even stupid crimes. There have been dead bodies, muggings, and those are just the normal crimes.

We’re not sure if Pokemon Go is the start of a crime wave, or if it’s just a bunk of prank news sites that are making it out to be real. So we’re here to debunk and validate the real crimes from the fake ones.

Teen Kills Younger Brother

Cartel Press

Source: Cartel Press

Young boy arrested for stabbing his brother after deleting his Pokemon Go account.

Timmy Richards stabs his brother after thinking he deleted his account, when in reality, he had logged him out of the account.

“I was shocked by the murder” said the medical examiner at the scene, “not only because the kid murdered his own brother, but because he thought he deleted his Pokemon. We later found out the kid had nothing but Ratatta’s and Pidgey’s. I would have understood if he had a Dragonite or Gyarados or something like that, but Jesus Christ, for a miserable Ratatta? As a matter of fact, I even caught a Ratatta at the scene”.

This story was another fake story created by the Cartel Press.

Attempted Murder Caught

Pokemon Go

Source: ABC 7

Two former Marines help nab an attempted murder suspect.

Javier Soch and Seth Ortega helped police to catch a man bothering children at a playground. It turns out he was Jacob Kells, a man wanted for attempted murder by authorities in Monterey County.

“The game, when it loads up on the screen, says to be cautious of your surroundings. Strongly follow that advice.”

Car Accident

Pokemon Go Car

Source: Cartel Press

Lamar Hickson caused a massive car accident playing Pokemon Go.

A Massachusetts man caused a five-car pile-up when he was trying to catch a Pokemon. The man stopped in the middle of a highway while trying to catch a Pokemon.

This story is fake. Another story created by the Cartel Press.

Body Found

Body Found

Source: USA Today

A Wyoming woman found a body instead of Pokemon.

Shayla Wiggins was playing Pokemon Go when she found a man lying face down in the river. The body belongs to an unidentified adult male.

“There is no evidence at this time that would indicate foul play. Evidence located at the scene has led investigators to believe the man went into the water at the location he was found.”

Boy Fatally Shot


Source: Snopes

A teen shot after trespassing on owner’s private property.

Arthur Disby in search of rare Pokemon was shot when he tried to enter a widow’s home.

“The widow panicked and shot at the teen twice, striking him both times.”

This story is false but do to the trending topics on Pokemon Go, was quickly shared on social media.

Armed Robbers

Armed Robbers

Source: LA Times

Arms Robbers used Pokemon Go to lure victims into their trap.

Teenagers were charged with first-degree robbery, a felony, and a bond set at $100,000 after they mugged several victims. They had managed to rob eight or nine people before being apprehended.

“Using the geolocation feature,” Sgt Bill Stringer said, “the robbers were able to anticipate the location and level of seclusion of unwitting victims.”



Source: Cartel Press

A teen playing Pokemon Go was stabbed and mugged after traveling through a bad neighborhood.

Marcus Jackson was stabbed and mugged for his iPhone after he was allegedly playing Pokemon Go. A local store owner saw Jackson stabbed and his belongings stolen.

“This kid was just looking at his phone I don’t think he had any idea where he was at or that he was being stabbed” Marcus Jackson is in stable condition and we’re told he will recover his main concern at this moment is getting his iPhone back.

This story was actually debunked as fake news.


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Source: Sun Sentinel

Boca Raton police searching for SUV that shot fireworks at Pokemon Go players.

While out with his friends outside a U.S. post office, “the driver of a black Cadillac Escalade slowed down and threw some kind of fireworks at them then drove off at a high rate of speed,” police said.

No one was injured and since there wasn’t enough evidence to conclude that a crime had been committed, authorities have not moved forward with the case.

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