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Friends playing Pokémon Go trade blows and insults

A Pokémon Go hunt Thursday evening led this player to the seaside Key West AIDS Memorial outside the entrance to the Edward B. Knight Pier off Atlantic Boulevard. This green Pokémon was captured.
A Pokémon Go hunt Thursday evening led this player to the seaside Key West AIDS Memorial outside the entrance to the Edward B. Knight Pier off Atlantic Boulevard. This green Pokémon was captured. Keynoter

The side effects of Pokémon Go, the phone app that immediately became a sensation when released in the U.S. this month, have rumbled down to tiny, tropical Key West.

An argument between two 22-year-old local women about where to hunt for Pokémon characters led to blows last week, according to a police report.

Even with a split lip moments after the clash, Hannah Hunt told an officer she doesn’t want any police involvement and no arrests were made. After all, she and her fellow Pokémon player Tiffany Suarez have been friends for 13 years, Hunt added.

“Things like this happen,” she reportedly told Officer Gary Lee Lovette.

Pokémon Go, blends colorful cartoon characters into reality through a player’s phone screen. Players roam parks, streets, grocery stores, gyms and almost everywhere else to capture an array of Pokémon images, which date back to 1996 video games developed for the original Nintendo Game Boy.

The women traded punches at the corner of Elizabeth and Southard streets before 11 a.m. Wednesday and then parted ways, police reported.

Suarez flagged down an officer outside the Basillica of St. Mary’s Star of the Sea, 1010 Windsor Lane, and told her she had just had an altercation with Hunt, reports stated.

While Suarez said the fight was over a parking spot and it began when Hunt scratched her neck and she “defended herself” by punching her, Hunt had a different story.

“She told me it was over Pokémon Go,” Lovette wrote in his report. “Hunt said she wanted to go downtown and hunt for Pokémon but Suarez did not.”

The Pokémon-related fistfight quickly turned nasty and personal, the police report shows, as each woman made a snide comment about each other’s children.

Hunt said Suarez “sucker punched her in the mouth,” and she fought back before they parted ways.

Both women were offered medical treatment and a victim’s advocate. They refused both.

Gwen Filosa: @KeyWestGwen

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