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'Pokemon Go' Players Start Pepper Spray Fund After Attack

"This campaign is to help the community have a non-lethal alternative for protecting themselves against these situations"

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    Josh (left) and Sean (right) were attacked by armed robbers after playing Pokemon Go in Lakewood on July 13, 2016.

    Two "Pokemon Go" gamers who were attacked by armed robbers in Lakewood, California, earlier this month have started a fundraiser to buy pepper spray for players on the hunt to catch 'em all.

    The two men, who asked to be identified only by the first names, Josh and Sean, were walking home after playing the popular game on their cellphones about 2:30 a.m. on July 13 when a tan vehicle pulled alongside them.

    A man with a gun got out of the vehicle and demanded their belongings, according to the victims and a Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department news release.

    Sean, a Marine veteran, pulled out a knife and lunged at the man before he was attacked.

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    "It's either fight or flight, and I chose fight," said Sean.

    Sean suffered a broken nose and busted lip during the altercation. The man with the gun eventually ran back to the vehicle and attempted to run over the victims but did not hit them, deputies said.

    Since the attack, Sean and Josh have started a GoFundMe campaign for Project Protect Go!, hoping to raise $500. The two friends hope to pass out pepper spray to fellow gamers who, like them, have been swept by the highly popular augmented reality app that's drawn some criticism for posing possible danger.

    "This campaign is to help the community have a non-lethal alternative for protecting themselves against these situations," the pair wrote on their GoFundMe page. "We don't want anyone else to get hurt or feeling scared of catching them all."

    If you'd like to donate, visit the GoFundMe Page here.