Police Misidentify Pokémon Go-Playing Iowa Hawkeye As Bank Robber, Hold Him At Gunpoint

(Facebook/ Faith Joseph Ekakitie) 
Talk about some bad luck. University of Iowa defensive lineman Faith Ekakitie was seeking out Pokémon in an Iowa City Park on the ubiquitous Pokémon Go app on Wednesday, when he unexpectedly was stopped by the police who misidentified him as the culprit of a nearby bank robbery that happened 10 minutes earlier.
Ekakitie wrote in a Facebook post, “Not once did they identify themselves to me as Iowa City Police officers, but with four gun barrels staring me in the face, I wouldn’t dare question the authority of the men and woman in front of me. This is what happened from my point of view.” He also wrote that it was the first time he had ever truly feared for his life.
According to ESPN, the police officers approached Ekakitie from behind and he didn’t hear their initial commands to stop because he was wearing headphones. The police were reportedly acting on a tip that the bank robber was a black man who, like the Hawkeye, was wearing black at the time.
Another day, another strange Pokémon Go-related occurrence. If you are going to submerge yourself into the Pokémon Go world, we urge you to beforehand make sure there weren’t any bank robberies near you. Or else apparently you could end up with a bunch of police guns in your face.


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