A man was violently robbed while playing Pokemon Go near Central Park early Sunday morning, a horrific ordeal that played out on a live stream he was broadcasting at the time, according to reports.
Rickey Yaneza, 43, confirmed to NBC New York that he was live streaming the game on Twitch when he was robbed by a man who is apparently still on the loose.
Twitch is a video game-centric streaming service. Yaneza was streaming Pokemon Go under his “Rickybot” handle at the time of the robbery. Reddit users were watching the stream live online, and Gothamist says one user posted “I was already on the phone with the 22nd precinct in NYC before the phones stopped broadcasting.”
The robbery isn't the first time Pokemon Go led to a headline-grabbing event in Central Park. A rare Pokemon caused a stampede in the park back in July. The stampede was caught on video that shows hundreds of players storming through traffic as they try to catch Vaporeon.