SAN JOSE (KRON) –You’ve heard the stories. Distracted people walking into poles or even into traffic. They’re not texting or snapchatting. They’re playing the wildly popular virtual reality game known as ‘Pokémon Go.’
According to 24-Hour News 8’s sister station, KRON, the game got a little too real for a Gilroy man who was attacked and stabbed while playing.
Chris Perguidi said he was playing Pokémon Go and searching out a landmark at Second and San Carlos in downtown San Jose, when he was confronted by a man and woman who thought he was shooting video of them with his phone.
As he tried to explain that he was playing a game, he said the couple grew increasingly hostile and the man attacked and stabbed him with what he said was a straight razor, opening a nasty gash on his jaw that required fifteen stitches.
Pergudi showed a couple of other knife wounds on his stomach and back. He tangled with his assailants and chased them through a parking lot before realizing how badly hurt he was.
Perguidi is not the first person to encounter hostility while playing Pokémon Go. The craze has been criticized for distracting players from reality.
But Perguidi rejects the notion he was so engrossed in the game that he somehow offended his assailants. He believes he was targeted.