Pokémon Go shoot-out suspect's bail set at R1.4m

2016-07-28 09:18
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Las Vegas – Bail was set on Wednesday at $95 000 (about R1.4m) for a man accused of exchanging gunfire with a Pokémon Go player he was trying to rob in a Las Vegas park, identified as a hotspot for virtual creature hunting.

Elvis Campos, 18, had a deputy Clark County public defender named to his case pending an August 11 preliminary hearing on felony charges of attempted murder, conspiracy, robbery, battery and assault with a deadly weapon.

The lawyer, Kambiz Shaygan, didn't immediately respond to messages from The Associated Press.

Police say Campos demanded items before dawn on Monday from several people playing the popular smartphone game that sends players to physical locations to "catch" virtual Pokémon characters.

One player who police say had a concealed weapon permit drew his own gun and exchanged fire with Campos. Both were wounded with what police said were not life-threatening injuries. Police haven't said who fired first, or how many shots were fired.

Police said they also arrested a juvenile who drove a getaway car with Campos in it. His name wasn't made public due to his age.

Facebook users in a few Pokémon Go groups have suggested the location of the shooting, Gary Reese Freedom Park, was a hotspot for a particular kind of fish-like "pocket monster" known as Magikarp.

Police haven't specified if the Pokémon Go players were targeted.

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