With all the recent talk of video game related violence, we didn’t expect Pokemon GO to be associated with such claims. While there was a number of stories about injuries and accidents when the game released, this time it was an act of violence.
According to Washington TV Station KATU, Andrew Otton and Grayson Hagstrom were playing Pokemon GO with a friend at Vancouver’s Burnt Bridge Creek Trail. A stranger in a vehicle nearby stepped out and proceeded to chase at them with a tire iron.
According to Otton, the stranger, now identified as Stephen Jolly, was attempting to overtake the nearby gym, which Otton disrupted by reviving his team faster than Jolly could defeat them. Otton and Hagstrom claim that Jolly punched Hagstrom several times, which Jolly disputes. The altercation came to a close when Hagstrom choked Jolly to unconsciousness in self-defense.
We all understand the frustrations of gym battles. I personally gave up on gyms after a local named “synacul” dominated every gym in a 5-mile radius. But even so, violence is never an answer. Jolly now faces criminal charges for their behavior.