Police tase, arrest Pokemon Go player after he refuses to leave Tampa's Ballast Point Park

There were over 150 people in the park at the time
Posted at 4:27 AM, Jul 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-22 09:19:18-04

One person was arrested in Ballast Point Park on Thursday night after he refused to leave the Park because he was playing the gaming app, Pokemon Go.

Tampa Police received a complaint for trespassers in the park after closing time on Thursday night around 10:30 p.m.

When officers arrived, they found over 150 people in the park, walking around with their smartphones, playing the game. They told everyone to leave the park and everyone complied except for one male.

Officers attempted to arrest the man, identified as David T. Mastrototaro-Baermude, 20, for trespassing after a warning was given. Mastrototaro-Baermude reportedly grabbed an officer's arm and pushed off of the officer. He continued to resist arrest and he almost pulled an officer to the ground while they attempted to arrest him. While Mastrototaro-Baermude was resisting, the officer tased him in order to get him to comply with law enforcement. He was then arrested without further incident. 

Mastrototaro-Baermude was arrested for Trespassing after warning and resisting arrest. 

Instagram user, Carlos Leguen (@los_illest880) captured it all on video. Watch below:

Tampa Police Department has provided some simple safety tips for Pokemon Go players: 

1. Pay attention to your surroundings while playing (i.e. lookup, don't walk
into traffic).

2. Keep in mind that not everyone is playing the game so don't trespass on
private property or enter restricted areas (like City parks after closing

3. If you're playing at night, be sure to be visible.

4. Be cautious of strangers.

5. Don't play while driving!