A 13-year-old boy and resident of Riverina Drive in Palm Coast was arrested on a second-degree felony robbery charge after allegedly beating down a 10-year-old boy playing Pokemon Go and taking his sneakers at Ralph Carter Park Tuesday afternoon.
The incident took place at about 5:30 p.m. The 10-year-old boy was playing Pokemon Go with his brother at the park when he said he was approached from behind and slammed onto the concrete sidewalk and beaten up by two juveniles, who then took his sneakers, a pair of bluish-purple Amour worth $35.
The boys’ mother was nearby, and the alleged victim soon told her what happened. She told her sons to get in her car and point out the two assailants, which the boys did–a somewhat older boy, James F., and a girl, Jerkiah J. The boys’ mother stopped her car near the two juveniles and told them to give back her son’s sneakers. One of the juveniles was defiant, saying: “No, what you going to do?” They then fled into the woods.
A call to 911 reported that one of the two juveniles was on a bicycle and wore a white shirt, the other was on foot, wearing a black shirt. Another caller to 911, a Flagler County Sheriff’s correctional deputy, was in the area and was able to follow the young suspects in his vehicle until they disappeared behind a house on Roger Court, near Rymfire Drive. They left the bicycle behind as they ran into the woods.
A sheriff’s deputy checked the area of Roger Court and Roger Place, noticing an idled bicycle in the area, then a wooded trail that led from Roger Place west toward Riverina Drive. On Riverina, the deputy located two juveniles running from the area behind 29 Riverina, and back toward the front of that house. One was wearing a white shirt, the other a black shirt, and one had a backpack. Both were “sweaty, dirty, and covered in grass as if they were just running through the woods,” James’s arrest report states.
The black-shirted girl, Jerkiah, told the cop the backpack was hers and gave permission to have it searched, which a corporal at the scene did. A pair of sneakers that matched the description of the stolen pair was in the bag. Both juveniles said the shoes were not theirs. The two boys who’d been assailed were then brought in to identify the juveniles, which they did, though the alleged victim was not sure who had struck him from behind. But he claimed to be sure that James had taken his shoes.
Jerkiah told the cops that she was not involved, but only ran with James after the incident.
James was charged with robbery, his legal guardian was informed, and he was taken to the Flagler County jail for booking. He was later turned over to the
Department of Juvenile Justice. The sneakers were returned to the victim. The victim sustained minor injuries as a result of the incident.
It was the second violent incident in Palm Coast somehow connected to Pokemon Go. Earlier this month Michael Pagliro, 38, of 41 Primrose Lane in Palm Coast, shot at two teenagers who were playing the game in early morning in a car on the street in front of Pagliro’s home. The boys were not injured. Pagliro was not charged, though the sheriff’s office at the time said charges were pending.