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Police: Shirtless Driver Told Children to Get in His Minivan to Play 'Pokemon Go'

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    Residents in a Massachusetts community are rethinking playing the popular "Pokemon Go" game after a man tried to lure three young girls into his van. (Published Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016)

    Police in Massachusetts are investigating after three children say a suspicious, shirtless man drove up to them and tried to get them in his vehicle to play the popular game "Pokemon Go."

    Bridgewater police say the incident happened Saturday evening near Lady Slipper Road, where three 11-year-old girls reported that a man approached them and tried to get them in a black minivan.

    The driver, who police are calling a person of interest, is described as a slim, well-built man in his 20s with tattoos on both of his arms and chest, as he wasn't reportedly wearing a shirt at the time of the incident.

    Officers have been going door-to-door to interview additional potential witnesses to show area residents a sketch of the suspect.

    The incident has people on alert and rethinking playing the Pokemon game.

    "When it first came out everyone was playing it and it seemed really cool," said Liniah Philips, of Bridgewater.

    Philips said because it's an outdoor game, she's taking a step back.

    "It made me kind of afraid to play it now," she said. "I paused on it. I don't know if I'm going to play it now."

    Anyone with information on the identity of the man in the sketch is asked to call Bridgewater police at 508-697-6118.

    The investigation is ongoing.


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