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University of Iowa football player stopped by police at gunpoint while playing Pokémon Go


Faith Ekakitie, a defensive end for the University of Iowa, was stopped by police while playing Pokémon Go in an Iowa City park, according to USA Today. 

According to Ekakitie's Facebook post about the incident, a bank had been robbed not far from where he was hunting for Pokémon and the suspect was identified as a large black male, wearing all black with something on top of his head. 

The Iowa City officers saw that Ekakitie met the suspect's description and approached him, asking him to turn around. 

Ekakitie didn't comply initially because he had music blaring and headphones were in. 

In his Facebook post, Ekakitie detailed what happened and how the five Iowa City officers approached with their guns drawn and searched him. 

"I am thankful to be alive, and I do now realize, that it very well could have been me, a friend of mine, my brother, your cousin, your nephew etc. Misunderstandings happen all the time and just like that things can go south very quickly.," Ekakitie wrote. 

He told The Des Moines Register he doesn't think race played a role in this stop, because of the detailed description of the suspect and the circumstances. 

Ekakitie also urged people to be more aware of their surroundings. 

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