A Florida man may face charges after he fired at a couple of teens playing Pokemon Go outside of his Palm Coast home Saturday afternoon.
Authorities say the man heard noise outside around 1:30 p.m. and looked outside to see a car with the two teens, ages 16 and 19, parked in front of his house. The homeowner, Michael Pagliro, then walked outside and confronted the teens, who were looking to catch a Tauros and Maowak.
Pagliro stood in front of their car, as to not let them leave and asked them something along the lines of, “Did you get anything?” before threatening them. The driver then accelerated as they tried to leave, but Pagliro fired several rounds at the car.
When the 19-year-old got home, his mother called the police after learning what had happened. Two bullet holes were found in the vehicle, one of which flattened a tire.
The investigation is ongoing. Meanwhile, the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office offered the following tips for homeowners, Pokemon Go players and their parents.
Call 9-1-1 immediately when you suspect someone is trying to break into your home.
If at all possible, be an excellent witness for law enforcement by providing valuable information on what is occurring.
Avoid leaving the protection of your home to confront suspects. This should be handled by trained law enforcement officers.
Pokemon Go players should use common sense, be alert at all times and stay aware of your surroundings. In law enforcement, we call this situational awareness.
Watch where you are going.
Do not drive or ride your bike, skateboard, or other device while interacting with the Pokémon Go app. You cannot do both safely at the same time.
Do not trespass, go onto private property or into any area you usually would not if you weren’t playing Pokémon Go.
Understand that people can use your location to lure you to “Pokéstops” so they can victimize you.
Take a friend with you.
If you are a minor, check with a parent before going anywhere and tell an adult or law enforcement officer immediately if anything happens.
Talk to your kids about strangers and set limits on where your kids can go.Be aware of third-party software apps claiming to enhance the gaming experience.