Shreveport "Pokemon Go" robbery victim speaks out, more suspects at large
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - Shreveport police have arrested 2 men for allegedly robbing 2 other men who were playing "Pokemon Go" on Monday.
The victims told police it happened at Columbia Park before 3 p.m. The victims said 2 men approached them asking to use their phone.
"They ask him for some gas money and he's like: 'Aw, man, I don't have any cash,'" one of the victims, who chose to remain anonymous, said.
One of the victims said his friend exited the car to speak to the two suspects.
"He says: 'Can I call my buddy on your phone?' He shows him his phone, knocks him straight in the face," he said.
That was when one of the victims said they ran out to their friend and the two suspects ran off. Shortly after, the victim said and police later confirmed two more suspects approached them, one of them holding a replica handgun.
"He cocks it back and goes: 'I'm going to shoot. Empty your pockets,'" the victim said.
Police say 2 of the other robbers stole the victims' cell phones and other personal items before driving off in a black Pontiac coupe. The two victims then drove to a friend's house.
"There was blood on ----'s face and they said: 'Gill, we just got robbed!'" said the victims' friend, Gil Platt.
Information gathered during the investigation led police to the 5700 block of McAlpine where detectives say 2 men were seen leaving the house in a similar black Pontiac coupe. The men were pulled over at the intersection of Cleveland Street and Jewella Avenue and officers found evidence of the robbery inside the car.
"A subsequent traffic stop was done a short distance away from that home. They were able to confirm then that these two men were allegedly part of the robbery," said Cpl. Marcus Hines, Shreveport Police Public Information Officer.
Police arrested 17-year-olds Santana Smith and Gabreon Green. They are both charged with one count of first degree robbery. A replica of a handgun believed to be used in the robbery as well as valuables taken from the victims were found inside the car, according to police.
Police are still searching for the other 2 men believed to have been involved in the robbery.
"Whatever you're distarcted by, whether it's a gaming app, whether it's texting, whether it's talking on the phone or talking to a friend, you still want to be aware," Hines said.
"Pokemon Go" is a new smartphone app game that sent some residents in Northwest Louisiana into a frenzy Monday.
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