Terrible things happening to Pokemon Go players
The mobile game Pokemon Go has the world on its feet and out the door, but the trend is also spelling danger for some unlucky players.
This photo provided by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department on July 25, 2016, shows Elvis Campos after his arrest. Police say Campos, 18, tried to rob Pokemon Go players in Las Vegas before a shootout left him and a player injured. He now faces charges of conspiracy, robbery, battery and assault with a deadly weapon.
Australia has embraced Pokemon Go, particularly in major cities such as Sydney. But Melbourne is seeing a darker side to the craze; police there say a 22-year-old woman was killed by a hit-and-run driver while playing the game.
Nicholas Davison, 21, allegedly ran away from the scene but was later charged for the hit and run.
Fan gets a giant phone bill
Watch those roaming data minutes, folks. Japanese gymnast Kohei Uchimura learned that lesson the hard way, after he racked up a mobile phone bill of nearly $5,000 while in Rio for the 2016 summer Olympic games. Luckily, Uchimura's cellphone carrier agreed to reduce the bill to a mere $30 a day for unlimited data.
Pair of players arrested
Ohio players Sharon Bartholomew and Adrian Crawford were arrested after allegedly breaking into a zoo -- after hours -- to hunt for Pokemon.
"'I've got a crazy idea, let's hop the fence'," was how Bartholomew explained her mentality to news reporters after the arrest.
They've reportedly plead not guilty to charges of criminal trespassing.
Men fall off cliff
Authorities say two Pokemon Go players were so distracted by the game that they fell off an ocean bluff in Southern California, suffering moderate injuries. Encinitas firefighters reportedly said the men climbed through a fence to reach the cliff area; one fell 50 feet down the side of the unstable bluff, and the other fell about 90 feet to the beach.
Man walks into pond
Albert Monina, Brooklyn man, live-streamed this image seconds before following a Pokemon right into a pond.
Religious authorities target players
In late July 2016, Saudi Arabia's top clerics renewed a religious edict warning against playing any type of Pokemon game, including the new mobile one. The decree says Pokemon violates Islamic prohibitions against gambling, uses devious Masonic-like symbols and promotes "forbidden images."
Poke-fatwa: Players accept the risk
The edict, or fatwa, has reappeared in a ticker on the home page of the kingdom's portal for official religious decrees.
That isn't stopping some Saudis, such as these men in Riyadh, from playing the game. Many Middle Eastern gamers have downloaded the app, though it's not been officially released regionally.
Suspected robber lures players
On July 10, 2016, police in Missouri arrested three adults (including Brett William Miller, 17) and one minor on suspicion of armed robbery. Police in the city of O'Fallon say the suspects used Pokemon Go as a tool to target victims.
"The way we believe it was used is, you can add a beacon to a Pokestop to lure more players," the city's police department said in an official release via Facebook. "Apparently they were using the app to locate people standing around in the middle of a parking lot, or whatever other location they were in."
Man crashes car into cop
An unidentified driver shows police the cellphone on which he was playing Pokemon Go when he crashed his car into a Baltimore patrol car on July 18, 2016.
Waitress bruises legs
This July 8, 2016 photo by Justin Harrison shows the bruised shin of Lindsay Plunkett, a 23-year-old waitress in Asheville, N.C., after she tripped over a cinder block that had been used as a doorstop while playing Pokemon Go.
Syrians play through the pain
In this photo from July 23, 2016, a Syrian gamer plays Pokemon Go amid rubble in the rebel-controlled town of Douma, a hotspot east of the capital Damascus.
Man threatens Pokemon chaser
Traffic accidents and other incidents are piling up in Japan. Among them: a 27-year-old man from Chiba Prefecture arrested for allegedly assaulting a woman playing the game near a Tokyo railway station. Police reportedly said the man thought the woman was photographing him and demanded she delete the image.
Player falls off skateboard
A photo taken and provided by Mike Schultz of Long Island shows injuries he received when he crashed his skateboard while playing Pokemon Go.
Player hit with stun gun
Florida police used a stun gun on a player who allegedly resisted arrest after officers tried to clear a Tampa park after closing time.
Police alleged that everyone except 20-year-old David T. Mastrototaro-Baermude complied with officers' commands to leave the park. Mastrototaro-Baermude allegedly grabbed an officer's arm, spurring the use of the stun gun. Mastrototaro-Baermude was reportedly arrested without further incident.
Japanese fear heat stroke
Japan's concerns over Pokemon Go reach beyond crime and accidents.
This flier, released by the Japanese government, urges Pokemon Go players to follow nine safety tips, including being aware of heat stroke and avoiding "dangerous areas."
Teen hit by car
Pittsburgh-area teen Autumn Deiseroth says she did everything right while playing the game near her home recently, including looking both ways before crossing streets. But, she says, she was hit by a car anyway, after the game lured her across a busy highway.
"She was not walking and playing the game," her mother, Tracy Nolan, told a CBS affiliate. "She was coming home to tell her mother she found Pokémon. I'm blaming the game itself because it's dragging kids across major highways. Kids don't need to be going across highways."
Players face pellet-gun fire
A Toronto-area woman has been arrested and charged on suspicion of firing a pellet gun at Pokemon Go players assembled near her home. The woman, Patricia Champagne, allegedly fired at least four shots from the rooftop of a home north of Toronto. No injuries were reported.