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Marine Veterans Playing 'Pokemon Go' Help Catch Attempted Murder Suspect



    Two Marine Corps veterans playing "Pokemon Go" in Fullerton helped police catch an attempted murder suspect. Ted Chen reports for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, July 13 ,2016. (Published Wednesday, July 13, 2016)

    Two Marine Corps veterans playing "Pokemon Go" in Fullerton, California, helped nab a man wanted for attempted murder and other crimes, police said.

    Friends Seth Ortega and Javier Soch were playing the wildly popular mobile app game in a park near Wilshire and Pomona avenues Tuesday morning when they noticed a man acting suspiciously toward a woman and her three children, they said.

    "It was just out of place, just didn't seem like he fit in with the group with the mom and her kids," Soch said.

    Ortega and Soch said they watched as the suspect walked away and approached another mother with her two children.

    When he started touching the young boy on the playground, Ortega and bystander Keith Sanders decided to act.

    "At this point I'm already running across the street," Ortega said. "I jump over a park bench, Keith is coming from the parking structure next to the park. We're yelling at the suspect to get away."

    They kept an eye on the man until officers arrived and arrested him on suspicion of child annoyance. He was identified by the Fullerton Police Department as 39-year-old Jacob Kells.

    Fullerton police discovered the Kells was wanted for multiple offenses, including attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon. He was being held at the Orange County Jail awaiting transfer to Monterey County.

    No one was hurt. It wasn't immediately clear if Kells had an attorney.