Tulsa police respond to first crime related to 'Pokemon Go' game since 2016

They're warning people in Green Country to pay attention to their surroundings.

TULSA, Okla. — Quick facts:

  • Tulsa police say someone robbed a Pokemon Go player in south Tulsa.
  • They say they hadn't received a report involving the once-popular game since 2016.
  • A man reportedly robbed the player while threatening him with a knife.

Tulsa police are warning people to be aware of their surroundings after a man said he was robbed while playing Pokemon Go near 81st and Lewis.

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Police said they hadn’t received any reports involving the once-popular game since last year.

The victim, a man named Chad Frisk, told FOX23 not as many people play it now as they did during its peak, but he said it still maintains a following.

He said he wanted to try to lose some weight, so he started playing the game, which requires players to move around in order to “capture” Pokemon, again.

Frisk said he’d just gotten off work and picked up groceries last week when he decided that he wanted to stop and play the game a little on his way home.

Frisk said he parked near a hotel, captured his Pokemon and was headed back to his car when someone walked up behind him.

The suspect reportedly said he had a knife and that he wanted Frisk’s wallet.

Frisk said he handed over the wallet.

He told FOX23 that he had heard of several robberies, but he never thought it would happen to him.

He said he is telling his story so that others will be more vigilant of their surroundings.

Tulsa police said robberies like Frisk’s could happen to anyone, even if they don’t play the game.

They said most people who have phones get distracted by them and lose sight of what’s going on around them.

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