Two assaults related to Pokemon Go reported in Central Texas
Two assaults in Austin and Round Rock have a Pokemon Go connection, according to court documents.
In the first incident, Frederick Allen Osburn, 31, is charged with assault by strangulation (family violence), a third degree felony.
It happened in Austin on Thursday, June 14. Police say a woman had got off work at a store in Bee Cave and was in the parking lot setting up a Pokemon Go game with some friends when Osburn, her boyfriend, drove and immediately began an argument, accusing her of cheating.
The arrest affidavit says Osburn tried to grab his girlfriend's phone through the passenger door and drive off, but he grabbed her hand and briefly dragged her before stopping and letting go. Osburn then went back to the Austin apartment he shared with the victim. She came home later that night to get some clothing to stay at a friend's house for the evening, and that's when Osburn attacked her.
Police say he strangled her but she was able to hit him in the neck to get him to stop. She was able to flee and call the police. Responding officers say Osburn admitted to strangling his girlfriend because he thought she was cheating on him.
In the second incident, Michael James Brady is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a second degree felony.
Court documents say the victim was walking in a Round Rock neighborhood just after midnight playing Pokemon Go on his cell phone when Brady called out to him to come over to his home on Blue Mountain Path to talk.
The victim did not know Brady but because he lived in the same neighborhood he assumed he was being friendly, so he walked over. The two engaged in conversation for quite some time, according to the affidavit, during which Brady showed the victim a machete and a knife, asking the victim if he could defend himself from an attack. He also pulled out a block of ice saying he could bash the victim's head in, and showed him a rope he said he could choke him with.
The victim attempted to leave, and that's when Brady asked if he was gay or bisexual, accord to investigators. As the victim began to back away Brady grabbed his glasses, and when he tried to get them back Brady tackled him to the ground and began strangling him, first with his hands, then with the victim's own shirt. The whole time Brady was saying the victim had a demon inside him and he had to kill him to get it out.
The victim was eventually able to free himself and run home and call police. Responding officers found Brady sprawled out in his driveway with blood and dirt on his clothing that was consistent with a fight. The affidavit says Brady was intoxicated.
Police are warning Pokemon players to avoid playing the game at night.
"Just make sure you are not playing by yourself out there, it's safer to be in pairs," Sgt. Chris Ybarra, with the Round Rock Police Department, said.