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‘Pokémon Go’ player in Blaine avoids arrest – by putting his pants back on

Pokemon Go uses players’ locations and landmarks, and superimposes the virtual characters so the players search for them in the real world.
Pokemon Go uses players’ locations and landmarks, and superimposes the virtual characters so the players search for them in the real world. AP

A pantless “Pokémon Go” player caught the attention of police, but was not arrested, in the early morning hours Thursday, July 21, according to the Blaine Police Department’s blotter.

A caller reported seeing the man near the intersection of Third and Cedar streets at about 2:30 a.m., according to the blotter. When police arrived, they found a man, who was not identified in the report, bare from the waist down, carrying a day pack and a cellphone.

The man told police he was playing “Pokémon Go,” the new smartphone game that uses augmented reality to superimpose creatures, known as Pokémon, on the phone’s screen. As players walk around in the real world, they can then find and “catch” the creatures. The man told officers he had just caught three in the area.

After talking with police, the man agreed to put on the pants he was carrying in his day pack rather than be arrested.

A representative from the Blaine Police Department was not immediately available for comment Wednesday, July 27.

Christopher Ussery of Alger, Wash., explains how to play Pokémon Go as he hunts characters with some friends in downtown Bellingham on Monday, July 11. The wildly popular free smartphone app that lets users follow a map try to “catch” Pokémon char

Kyle Mittan: 360-756-2803, @KyleMittan

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