Playing Pokemon GO has been a lot of fun, and several people have been encouraged to go catch as many Pokémon as they possibly can. For two people, playing the game around Linden Park ended up making them victims of a robbery. At the same time, the male victim got shot several times.
It was supposed to be a quiet evening in Linden Park on Tuesday. This was when Gregory Wheeler and Samantha Haub, both 26, decided to come out and play Pokémon GO. While the two were playing, a young black male rode his bike up to them and asked if he could borrow a phone so he could call his mother. After Wheeler gave his phone, the stranger grabbed it and attempted to flee from two players.
According to the Columbus Division of Police, when Wheeler attempted to get his phone back, he was struck in the head by an unknown suspect. As he attempted to flee, he was shot three times in the lower part of his body. Later that night, police said they managed to arrest 14-year-old David Michael Sparks. A handgun was recovered from the boy, who has admitted to shooting Wheeler.
Today, Sparks is facing several charges, including two counts of aggravated robbery and one count of felonious assault. Meanwhile, The Columbus Dispatch reports that Wheeler is currently recovering at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. Wheeler is said to be new to the North Linden area and has recently joined the North Linden Community Watch.
When asked if he will ever play Pokemon GO again, Wheeler said, “Even after all this, I’m still going to play, even in that park. Just not at night.”