2 Pokemon Go players robbed at gunpoint in Worcester

Two men were robbed at gunpoint Wednesday while they were playing Pokemon Go in Worcester, according to Worcester police.

The victims were parked at the intersection of Stockholm and Cornhill streets around 7:25 p.m., police said. While they were sitting in their car playing the new Pokemon Go game, one of the victims said he saw a silver/gray sedan drive past numerous times before parking a short distance from them.

Two men then advanced toward the victims’ car, police said. The first suspect approached the passenger-side window, reached inside, and took the keys out of the ignition. The second suspect approached the driver’s side, took out a gun, pointed it at the driver, and demanded his belongings, according to one victim.


The victim, 25, told police he gave the suspect his Ruger 9mm handgun and cash. The suspect then struck him in the head with the gun’s handle, leaving him with a small cut, according to police.

The other victim, 22, told police one of the suspects took his wallet, cash, and car keys. He was not injured during the incident.

Police described one suspect as a black male in his mid 20s, approximately 5-foot-8, clean-shaven, and wearing a gray shirt. The second suspect was described as a black male, approximately 5-foot-6, and wearing a black shirt, according to police.

The suspects had not been located as of Thursday, police said.

Since Pokemon Go’s launch last week, crimes targeting players or luring them to certain locations have been reported nationwide. Police said there have also been reports of players trespassing onto private properties to achieve levels and track down characters in the game.


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