Girl shot with dart while playing ‘fugitive’ game

July 24, 2009

By Staff

NEW — 11:30 a.m. July 24, 2009

While playing the “fugitive” game, a female juvenile recently reported she was struck in the back with a dart from a blowgun at about 10:45 p.m. July 14, near the 1600 block of Northwest Gilman Boulevard.

Issaquah Police — who have recently received several calls stemming from juveniles playing the “fugitive” game — have no leads on a suspect. But they are warning the community that the game can often lead to illegal activities and real danger.

“Our police officers are on high alert for any signs of this game taking place in Issaquah,” said Cmdr. Scott Behrbaum. “We’re also asking local parents to talk to their teens about the hazards of this game, which can be unsafe for both bystanders and participants.”

The game, typically played at night, involves participants pretending to be “fugitives” who must get from a starting point to a finishing point without being captured, tagged or located by pretend “hunters.” The “fugitives” often cut through streets and yards, or climb over fences to avoid detection. “Hunters” can be on foot or in vehicles in an effort to catch the “fugitives.”

Police have also received several other calls regarding the actions of “fugitive” participants, ranging from suspicious people in dark clothing who are near closed businesses and running through yards, to reckless vehicle complaints.

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2 Responses to “Girl shot with dart while playing ‘fugitive’ game”

  1. James on July 30th, 2009 8:04 pm

    This game has been going on for about 6 years now… Being one of the organizers of this game I have constantly stressed the safety of the players. It comes down to the individual player.. If they don’t want problems playing the game, play by the rules, the few times people have been hurt are when they have broken the rules.

    I enjoy this game and think its one the best adrenaline rushes you can get… I have parents/adults come up to me and ask about the games safety… I respond with… “Whats the alternative?” What do highschool kids do on friday nights in the summer… Now I am not a parent, but in my opinion I would much rather have my child go out and do some exercise instead of making the wrong friends doing the wrong thing like drugs/partying.

  2. Lily on August 23rd, 2009 9:20 pm

    I have been participating in this game for nearly two years now and the only way this game could ever be dangerous is by breaking the rules and that is a player’s personal descision. I have never had any bad experiences with this game and neither have any of my friends. This is possibly one of the best games ever made and I won’t stand by and watch it get bashed after one incident. This gives me the best adrenaline rush and it’s just an overall fun, thrilling game. It brings kids from all over together and I can’t wait for the next one!

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