A 71-year-old man and his adult son beat up another Pokémon GO player who accused them of cheating and threw a plastic bottle in their car. St. Louis County prosecutors filed charges Tuesday against Robert Matteuzzi and his son Angelo Matteuzzi, 31. Each faces one count of assault in the third degree. While playing Pokémon Go, the assault victim thought the Matteuzzis had cheated in the popular game by stealing his “gym” and then threw a Gatorade bottle into their car, Kirkwood Police Officer Matthew Waggoner wrote in a probable cause statement.
The elder Matteuzzi later found the victim in another area and threw the bottle back at him, hitting him in the face, Waggoner wrote. All three men then got into a fight. A bystander took video of the encounter and caught Robert Matteuzzi holding the victim down while his son hit the victim’s head and face several times, Waggoner wrote. The victim suffered cuts to his face, a “traumatic” eye injury and a broken finger tip, charges say. The Matteuzzis were ordered held in lieu of $15,000 bail.