College Football Player Using Pokémon Go Held at Gunpoint
Iowa Hawkeyes defensive tackle Faith Ekakitie is the latest person to have the experience the newly popular mobile video game Pokémon Go as a drastic swing from fun to life-threatening after being mistaken as a robber. And this time it’s at the hands of police.
According to the Des Moines Register, Ekakitie was reportedly stopped by Iowa City police at a town park where was playing the game. As he wore his headphones and reportedly didn’t realize the officers’ initial call to identify him as they trailed him, police drew their guns and approached Ekakitie to stop moving.
Ekakitie detailed in a Facebook post on Wednesday that the four officers told him they had to comb the area for a suspect of a bank robbery who had fled nearby after the heist. The 6-foot-3, 290-pound senior defensive lineman also stated that the description of the suspect was reported to the police department as a large black male wearing all black. Apparently, Ekakitie’s clothes matched the description. The Iowa Hawkeyes team colors are black and gold, but there are no details of whether or not he was sporting the team’s predominate black gear on at press time.
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