Gotta Catch ‘Em All: Police Seek Pokémon Go Bandit

Update July 26th: Detectives booked the suspect into the King County Jail for Investigation of Robbery Monday evening after he was spotted and arrested by Officers Alan Richards and William Anderson in North Seattle.


SPD Robbery Detectives, working without the aid of Razz Berries or lures, are hunting for a man who robbed a Pokémon Go player at Greenlake last week.

A man and a woman were playing Pokémon Go near the Greenlake Boat House around 10:30 PM on July 11th when a man approached them and grabbed the woman’s cellphone.

The male victim grabbed the suspect, who then turned on him and struck him several times before fleeing. The victims and several bystanders chased after the suspect, including a woman who called 911 while pursuing the man on her bike, but he fled the scene in a gold Toyota Camry.

Officers weren’t able to locate the Toyota, but believe they’ve identified the suspect as 26-year-old Jarvis Willie.

If you know where police can find Willie, please call the SPD Robbery Unit at (206) 684-5535 or call 911.