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‘Pokémon Go’ users help cops arrest attempted-murder suspect

San Francisco Chronicle logo San Francisco Chronicle 13/07/2016 By Jenna Lyons
Jacob Kells, 39, was arrested in Fullerton Tuesday morning after Pokémon Go players alerted police of his suspicious behavior. Officlails said they learned during the arret he had a warrant for attempted murder out of Monterey County. © Fullerton Police Department / / Jacob Kells, 39, was arrested in Fullerton Tuesday morning after Pokémon Go players alerted police of his suspicious behavior. Officlails said they learned during the arret he had a warrant for attempted murder out of Monterey County.

Players of the augmented-reality game “Pokémon Go” made a real-life impact in Orange County Tuesday morning after they alerted police to a suspicious man who officials said was wanted in Monterey County on an attempted murder charge.

Jacob Kells, a 39-year-old homeless man, was arrested on suspicion of child annoyance at a park in Fullerton, said Sgt. Kathryn Hamel, a Fullerton police spokeswoman.

During his arrest, officers learned he had an arrest warrant for multiple charges, she said.

Monterey County had issued a warrant for Kells’ arrest on charges of attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, assaulting and resisting a police officer, possession of a stolen vehicle, and felony evading causing great bodily injury. Details of what led to the charges against Kells were not immediately available.

Tuesday morning’s incident began shortly before 10 a.m. when officers responded to the 300 block of North Pomona Avenue in Fullerton. A group playing “Pokémon Go” spotted Kells in the park and thought he appeared suspicious.

They called police after noticing he was interacting with children and was “touching them inappropriately with a plastic flower,” authorities said.

Players and witnesses held Kells until police arrived. Authorities took Kells to Orange County jail, where he was scheduled to be extradited to Monterey County.

The “Pokémon Go” app, launched last week by Nintendo, quickly became a worldwide phenomenon, with about 15 million downloads as of Wednesday. The GPS-based game allows smartphone users to catch creatures from the popular 1990s franchise when they appear on their screen while roaming around designated landmarks.

Jenna Lyons is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: jlyons@sfchronicle.com Twitter: @JennaJourno

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