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Police: ‘Pokémon Go’ player said wearing pants is ‘too constricting’

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

Blaine Police on Thursday, July 28, released some details in connection with a July 21 incident involving a pantless “Pokémon Go” player.

The player, identified as Joseph David Sweitzer, 31, apparently told an officer why he felt the need to play the game without any pants on.

“They were too constricting,” Sweitzer said, according to Lisa Moeller, a Blaine Police Department spokeswoman.

A caller reported seeing Sweitzer near the intersection of Third and Cedar streets at about 2:30 a.m., Moeller said.

When police arrived, they found Sweitzer wearing only a shirt and shoes, carrying a backpack and a cellphone.

Sweitzer told officers 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.

Sweitzer told police he had just caught three in an open area between the Bayside Motor Inn and the Ocean Bay Chinese Restaurant.

Police can only issue indecent exposure violations if a victim files a complaint, Moeller said. Since the caller who reported Sweitzer wished to remain anonymous, officers simply told him to put his pants – which he was carrying in his backpack – back on, and to leave the area, which Sweitzer did.

Kyle Mittan: 360-756-2803, @KyleMittan

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