CRANSTON, R.I. (WPRI) — A man accused of attacking his niece over Pokemon Go has surrendered to Cranston police.
According to Chief Michael Winquist, Kalada Fubara turned himself in Tuesday and was arraigned.
Fubara, 44, is accused of punching his 22-year-old niece, pulling her out of her car and kicking her in the rib cage while she was on the ground, according to police.
Police said the incident happened over the weekend at a Pokemon ‘gym’ near Laurens Street and Wellington Avenue – a virtual room represented by a real-life location, in this case a water tower.
According to an affidavit, “while playing, there was a disagreement over [the victim] fighting with the wrong Pokemon at the Pokemon gym located at this location. She states Fubara became very upset and punched her through the open window in her vehicle.”
“Mr. Fubara indicated he was upset that she had entered this ‘room’ without his permission,” said Sgt. David Jubinville. “She indicated to him it was really a game and he became infuriated by this comment.”
Jubinville also noted that Fubara’s girlfriend and her two children were sitting in the car at the time. Police said he later punched his niece again about 20 minutes later when she refused to take back what she said.
Fubara’s niece was treated at Rhode Island Hospital for bruises and hair loss and has since been released.
According to Fubara’s neighbors, they never expected something like this to happen.
“It just seems like it’s so foolish,” said Dolores Gulliver.
“I don’t get how anybody can get that crazy over something like that,” added Frank Mapes.
Fubara is now charged with felony domestic assault and disorderly conduct. He was released on $10,000 personal recognizance.
He is due back in court in October for a pretrial conference.