Two Marine Corps Veterans swept away with the new craze of Pokemon Go, were playing the wildly popular app in Fullerton, CA, when it brought them to a park. They noticed a man who seemed out of the ordinary bothering a group of children. Javier Soch and Seth Ortega, the Marine Corps veterans, jumped into action. “It was just out of place, just didn’t seem like he fit in with the group with the mom and her kids,” Soch said.
And when the disheveled man approached another group of children and began touching a young boy the Marines had had enough. “At this point I’m running across the street and a gentleman who was walking down the street does the same thing,” Ortega continued. Ortega ran across the park to the man and stayed with him as the mother and escaped unharmed. Soch and Ortega stayed with the man until police arrived. Once police ran the man’s name they realized he had a warrant out for his arrest on the charges of: attempted murder, possession of a stolen vehicle and assaulting a police officer.
“If I hadn’t looked over to my left and seen this guy who looks out of place, I could have missed it,” Soch said. “The best thing I can say: Remind yourself that you are not in the phone playing the game. Look around and be more aware.”
The man arrested is a 39-year old homeless man and has been identified as Jacob Kells.
Pokemon Go players have been warned to stay aware of their surroundings whilst playing the ever popular app. So, far since its release last week: A teenager found a dead body floating in a lake, a robbery in NY, as well as a man crashing his car into a tree while playing and driving in NY.
Pokemon Go is set to take the global stage next week. Let’s hope players keep their eyes on their surroundings and not just on their screens!