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South Jersey Teen Jumped While Playing Pokemon Go

South Jersey Teen Attacked While Playing Pokemon Go

A Gloucester County teen took the long way to his friend's house so he could catch more Pokemon on the go. But, his long walk turned into a vicious attack that left him in the hospital. (Published Friday, July 15, 2016)

A South Jersey teen is recovering after being attacked while playing the uber-popular mobile game Pokemon Go.

Michael Marotta was on his way to a friend’s house in Washington Township, New Jersey just before midnight Thursday when he was attacked by two men.

They punched the 17-year-old in the head and kicked him in the ribs before stealing his phone.

"I kept trying to get up. They would pick me up throw me back down,” he told NBC10's Cydney Long.

The attack sent him to the hospital for stitches to his eye, and a staple in his head.

Police have arrested one suspect. They're still searching for a second.

Marotta says from now on, he will hunt for Pokemon in pairs.

“I’m still probably going to play when I get my phone back, but I’m probably going to be more cautious about where I’m going, how late I go out,” he said.