Pokemon Go player Tased, arrested after refusing to leave park

Published: Saturday, July 23, 2016 @ 8:15 PM
Updated: Saturday, July 23, 2016 @ 8:15 PM

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Police officers arrived and cleared a park that was closed but filled with 150 people playing "Pokemon Go," except for one man who was shot with a stun gun Thursday night.

Everyone was asked around 10:30 p.m. to leave Ballast Point Park, a Pokemon hot spot according to the Tampa Bay Times. The entirety of the group complied, except for one man, according to police.

David Mastrototaro-Baermude was in his aunt’s car but then he got out and started making threats, according to the Times.

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He was asked several more times to leave, police said. When officers tried to arrest him he grabbed an officer’s arm and pushed off and also tried to pull another officer to the ground with him, according to investigators.

“The officer continued to ask the suspect to get on the ground numerous times, which the suspect just refused to do so, which resulted in him being tased,” Janelle McGregor, Tampa police spokeswoman, told WFLA-TV.

Mastrototaro-Baermude, 20, was arrested and charged with trespassing after warning and resisting arrest, according to Tampa police.

Some of the encounter was captured on video.

Mastrototaro-Baermude’s mother thought the treatment was extreme.

“This is all over Pokemon. I’m gonna sue Pokemon for this and I’m gonna sue Tampa Police,” mother Michelle told WFLA-TV.


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