Pokémon Go threat leads to arrest

HARLINGEN — Police arrested a Palmview man yesterday accused of threatening to harm anyone attending Pokémon Go events.

Harlingen police received information Friday that the man, identified as Nathan Cerda, had posted “a potential threat” on Facebook.

“In his threat, Cerda warned that he and his friends were going to ‘purge’ those who were participating in the event,” police said in a statement.

“The threat mentioned the use of ‘modified’ paintball guns and warned everyone ‘not to be walking around.’”

Pokémon Go events were scheduled for yesterday in Downtown Harlingen and at the McAllen Convention Center.

Police said they took the threat seriously. Harlingen police Sgt. David Osborne said that because events were happening across the Valley, including Harlingen, the contents of the Facebook page were enough for police here to act.

“Due to the credibility of the threat and in the interest of public safety, the Harlingen Police Department in partnership with the Cameron County District Attorney’s Office initiated a criminal investigation on Cerda,” the statement said.

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