ANAHEIM – A man who was playing the wildly popular “Pokémon Go” game was stabbed multiple times by several knife-wielding attackers in Schweitzer Park early Wednesday, police said.
The man was playing the game before he was stabbed by five or six attackers, all described as 18- to 20-year-old men, according to Anaheim police Sgt. Luis Correa.
The victim was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening stab wounds around 12:30 a.m.
Correa stressed that there was no indication the player was lured to the park, which is in the 200 block of Bel Air Street.
“We encourage people to have fun but you should be aware of your surroundings and don’t lose track of what’s going on around you,” Correa said. “If you’re on the road, you should be paying attention to where you’re driving, where you’re at while you’re enjoying (the game). Enjoy the things you like but do it safely.”
The motive for the stabbing is unclear and the victim is cooperating with authorities.
It’s the second incident in Orange County in a day involving people playing Pokémon Go. Two men playing at a Fullerton park on Tuesday morning saw a man bothering women and their children. They followed the man and reported him to police.
The man, Jacob Kells, 39, he had outstanding warrants for multiple charges in Monterey County, police said. Those warrants included attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon. Kells was booked into the Orange County Jail, awaiting transport back to Monterey County.
Anybody with information about Wednesday’s stabbing can call the Anaheim Police Department at 714-765-1900. Anyone wishing to report information and remain anonymous can call Orange County Crime Stoppers at 855-TIP-OCCS (855-847-6227).