Girl shot with dart while playing ‘fugitive’ game
July 24, 2009
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.