Las Vegas Sun

December 6, 2023

Police: Teen faces robbery count in shootout with Pokemon Go player

Freedom Park

Steve Marcus

A view of Freedom Park in Las Vegas Monday, July 25, 2016.

Elvis Campos

Elvis Campos

An 18-year-old man wounded in an exchange of gunfire with a Pokemon Go player Monday at a Las Vegas park is behind bars on counts of robbery, battery, assault and conspiracy to commit robbery, according to Metro Police.

Elvis Campos was treated at University Medical Center for nonlife-threatening injuries before he was booked at the Clark County Detention Center, where he was being held on $60,000 bail.

A juvenile suspect was also detained, but no information was released because of the person’s age, police said.

A group of six people were at Freedom Park about 4 a.m. playing the popular cellphone game, which sends players to physical locations to “catch” virtual Pokemon characters.

Police said Campos and the juvenile drove up to the group in an SUV and demanded their possessions at gunpoint. One of the Pokemon players with a concealed weapons permit drew his own gun and the two sides exchanged fire, police said.

A person in the Pokemon group was shot in the stomach and taken to the hospital.

Campos also showed up at the hospital with a gunshot wound to the back, police said. A matching SUV was also found at the hospital.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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