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Police Release Video of Suspect in Mugging of Pokémon GO Player

By Shaye Weaver | September 30, 2016 4:17pm | Updated on September 30, 2016 5:43pm
 Police said the victim of a mugging in Central Park caught the suspect on video.
Police said the victim of a mugging in Central Park caught the suspect on video.
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MANHATTAN — Police released video this week of a suspect wanted for mugging a Pokémon GO player in Central Park.

The video shows a man in red shorts and a black T-shirt coming up behind the victim as he was walking near West 59th Street and Center Drive inside Central Park, the NYPD said.

He was livestreaming the incident at roughly 12:30 on Sept. 19 when the attack occurred, police said.

The 45-year-old victim was thrown to the ground by his neck before the suspect demanded his property, police said.

The suspect then fled with the victim's cellphones, which included a Nexus 6P and a Samsung S7, according to authorities.

One of the phones captured the attack on video, which was uploaded to YouTube two hours later.

In the video, the victim narrates his Pokémon pursuit as the attacker can be seen approaching from behind.

“Take that sh-- off,” the thief demanded after he slammed the Pokémon player to the ground. 

A Twitter user called @rickeybot identified himself as the victim two hours after the attack and updated followers on his condition. 

Police say he suffered a small cut on his head and swelling on his jaw, but he refused medical attention.

The suspect was described as roughly 20 to 25 years old and standing 6 feet tall. He was seen wearing red shorts and a black T-shirt.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).