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Man charged in downtown Greenville Pokemon Go stabbing

(WITN)
Published: Jul. 19, 2016 at 2:33 AM EDT
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A Burlington man has been charged in connection with the stabbing of a teen playing Pokemon Go in downtown Greenville last week.

Police say Harry Ford, 47, was released from a medical facility today and charged with assault with a deadly weapon and two counts of simple assault.

Last Tuesday, police say Dillon Manning, 19, was playing the mobile app game in the 400 block of Evans Street with a group of people when he was stabbed after a physical confrontation.

A few minutes earlier, officers say the same person approached two people at the Five Points Plaza parking lot and shoved one of them against a car. Jonathan Rodgers suffered bruising, but did not require any medical attention.

Ford later turned himself into police, and sent to a healthcare facility for an evaluation.

Manning was treated and released from Vidant Medical Center and police say they don't believe the suspect lured the players to the downtown location, or that the assaults were directly connected to the game.

Ford was jailed on a $2,850 bond.


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Police say a person suspected of stabbing a teen playing Pokemon Go in downtown Greenville is undergoing a evaluation by healthcare workers.

Just after midnight, police say Dillon Manning, 19, was playing the mobile app game in the 400 block of Evans Street with a group of people when he was stabbed after a physical confrontation.

A few minutes earlier, officers say the same person approached two people at the Five Points Plaza parking lot and shoved one of them against a car. Jonathan Rodgers suffered bruising, but did not require any medical attention.

The suspect turned himself into police, and officers say charges are pending the evaluation and consultation with the District Attorney's Office.

Manning was treated and released from Vidant Medical Center and police say they don't believe the suspect lured the players to the downtown location, or that the assaults were directly connected to the game.


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A man who police say stabbed a person playing Pokemon Go in downtown Greenville has turned himself into authorities.

Members from the group New Greenville say they, as well as a group of Pokemon Go players, witnessed the stabbing Monday night, and are now wanting to thank Greenville police for the quick response to their call for help.

The Greenville Police Department tells WITN that the stabbing happened around midnight in the downtown area near the parking deck.

A police spokeswoman says it appears the man first assaulted 26-year-old Jonathan Rodgers in the 5 Points Plaza parking lot before approaching the people playing Pokemon in the park. The man reportedly fought with 19-year-old Dillon Manning before pulling out the knife.

Police say Manning suffered minor wounds and was treated and released from Vidant Medical Center.

Before police got there, Executive Director of New Greenville, Uriah Ward, said that several group members and about 30 Pokemon Go players saw the stabbing take place, and that bystanders were able to "scare off the attacker" and they were able to take care of the victim until police got there.

Ward says, this is another example of the quick response of GPD officers and of the great work they do every day in the community.

Police say at this point, they don't believe the attacker lured the Pokemon players to the area, or that the assault was directly connected to the game in any way.

Officers are now reviewing information on possible charges being brought in the case.