By Associated Press - Friday, September 11, 2020

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Police have filed murder charges in connection with the October 2019 shooting of a women who stumbled upon a robbery while playing Pokemon Go on a smart phone.

The Albuquerque Police Department on Friday announced charges of murder, assault, shooting at a vehicle, robbery and tampering with evidence against 19-year-old Izaiah Andres Garcia of Tijeras in connection with the shooting death of Cayla Campos.

Garcia is in custody at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Albquerque awaiting trial on charges in the separate killing of a high school student in September 2019. Garcia’s attorney could not be reached immediately.

Campos’ boyfriend told police that the two were playing the augmented reality video game when they drove up on a robbery at gunpoint on the outskirts of a public park, according to testimony by detectives.

Shots were fired into Campos’ vehicle as she attempted to drive away, but instead crashed through an electric box and into a house, witnesses told police. Campos had been wounded and was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Detectives interviewed at least one person who also was playing Pokemon nearby that night to learn about Campos’ movement from online avatars.

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