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Pokémon Go player murdered in Albuquerque after witnessing robbery

Published: 21/Oct/2019 2:20 Updated: 21/Oct/2019 8:41

by Isaac McIntyre

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A 21-year-old woman was shot and killed in Albuquerque, local police have reported, after she and her boyfriend witnessed a robbery while playing Pokémon Go near Bianchetti Park.

The victim was confirmed to be 21-year-old Cayla Campos by local police. Campos and her boyfriend, Sidney, were reportedly playing Pokémon Go at around 11.50pm on October 18, when the two allegedly witnessed a robbery being committed near where they were playing.

A police spokesperson detailed in an email released the following day that Cayla and Sidney had been seated in their own car, when they saw two strangers attempting to rob the driver of another car parked nearby on the edge of Bianchetti Park.

When the two attempted to leave, the suspected criminals fired multiple shots into the fleeing vehicle. The gunfire struck Campos in the back of the head and caused their vehicle to crash into a nearby house.

The 21-year-old later succumbed to her injuries at UNM Hospital.

Facebook: Cayla CamposCayla (left) was reportedly playing Pokémon Go when she saw a robbery in progress.

Campos’ death was reported on Pokémon Go message boards, where many urged other players to make sure they are safe, and aware of their surroundings when playing Niantic’s augmented reality game.

“Take into account your own safety and when you go out and play,” long-term player Kody Love told Koat on October 19, and suggested what happened to Campos should be a warning for other fans of the massively-popular handheld game.

He added: “It definitely makes me think twice about where and when I’m playing. There’s a lot of rough neighborhoods and times you probably shouldn’t be out. I mean, you just need to be aware of your surroundings, and be safe.” 

Young player David Hutzel also offered his own advice to other Pokémon Go fans: “It’s kind of freaky… Stay around your neighborhood and always carry something with you that you can contact your parents with.”

NianticPokémon Go fans have urged other plays to stay safe while playing.

Albuquerque police have confirmed they are seeking the public’s help identifying the suspects, and the victims of the Bianchetti Park robbery, as well as information on the silver four-door sedan and a red car (possibly a Ford Mustang), both sighted at the scene.

If you have any information, the police have urged you to contact them at 505-242-2677.

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Police hunt for suspect after hoax hostage situation at Ubisoft Montreal

Published: 13/Nov/2020 19:45 Updated: 14/Nov/2020 0:37

by Theo Salaun

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Reports indicate that there is an ongoing hostage situation involving dozens of people at Ubisoft Montreal’s headquarters in the Mile-End neighborhood of Montreal, Quebec. There have been no confirmed injuries.

Update (7:35 p.m. ET): Ubisoft Montreal have released a statement regarding the hostage situation. “We are extremely relieved this was resolved without incident and we’d like to thank you all for your support and kind words.”

No injuries were reported at the offices. Montreal Police are launching a full investigation into the call.

Update (5:04 p.m. ET): All of the Ubisoft Montreal’s building occupants are being safely evacuated by Montreal’s police force and the police have joined local news in suggesting that the situation was, in fact, a hoax perpetrated by a call within the Ubisoft headquarters. No suspect has been identified or apprehended at this point, but the SPVM are actively investigating.

Update (4:04 p.m. ET): While local news outlets are reporting that the hostage situation was a hoax, Montreal’s police force have indeed confirmed that there appears to be no active threat and that the building’s occupants are being evacuated.

Update (3:33 p.m. ET): Little is known about the police force’s ongoing activity in attempts to enter the building, but CTV News reports that Ubisoft’s employees have been told, via company memo, to “hide in an area that locks and to keep quiet.”

Update (3:00 p.m. ET): Heavily armed Montreal police tactical units are approaching the building and preparing to make entry. Dozens of employees remain on roof and no injuries or negotiations with the suspects have been reported thus far.

Update (November 13, 2020 at 2:49 p.m. ET): Police appear to have barricaded off the daycare at Ubisoft Montreal’s headquarters, at least 50 employees have barricaded themselves atop the building’s roof, and tactical police units have blocked off surrounding streets and appear to be preparing to make entry. Current reports indicate that there have been no injuries thus far, according to local news on the scene.

With numerous reports and tweets from local news and Ubisoft Montreal employees, respectively, it appears that a hostage situation is unfolding at the company’s headquarters but that all employees are safe. 

In the afternoon, it was reported by Quebec’s TVA Nouvelles that dozens of hostages were being held at Ubisoft Montreal’s building on Saint Laurent Boulevard. This ongoing situation was echoed by Montreal’s police department, who put out public announcements to avoid the area due to the police’s efforts there.

Shortly after, numerous employees, including Programming Project Lead Gavin Young and a Production Marketer for Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla, tweeted that they were indeed safe and sound despite what was happening in the building.

Although ‘Valskuiken’ tweeted that they would be going home, it appears that a large conglomerate of employees have made their ways to the building’s roof and have barricaded themselves up there by blocking off the door to the exterior.

Further, reports from TVA Nouvelles indicate that a ransom request has been made by the suspects, but it is unclear what has come of it as police continue to operate in the vicinity.

At present, it appears that numerous employees are safe but it is unclear what is precisely happening with the situation given the multi-floor building’s space and large occupancy. At least 50 employees have made it to the roof, wherereports show they are holding up safely. However, in anticipation of the police force making entry into the building, it seems that ambulances and a tactical police force are arriving to the scene.

As reports indicate, the tactical forces approaching the building include numerous police officers, tactical police units, and heavier vehicles. There have been no indications of injuries thus far, so it appears that the ambulances are predominantly a precautionary measure.

We will be continuing to update this page with updates as they come in and as the Montreal police force and local news provide information to the public about the current circumstances.