TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- Tim Johnston and his fiancé were playing Pokémon Go at Topeka Cemetery when the sound of a 13 NEWS push alert interrupted their game.
“WIBW sent out a push notification saying that two aggravated suspects were armed and dangerous and on the loose,” explained Johnston.
Saturday morning, a woman told Topeka Police she was taken against her will to a room at the Country Club Motel, where she was robbed and held overnight.
13 NEWS called watch commander Lt. Aaron Jones to get more information, and found out the two suspects were still on the loose. We sent a push notification with their mug shots.
He opened the app, looked at their mug shots and went back to catching Pokéballs.
Little did he know, he’d end up catching much more.
“Less than five minutes later, they are walking through the cemetery I'm in!” said Johnston, “I picked up the phone and called police.”
Johnston caught the whole thing on his vehicle’s dashboard camera. He described the two suspects to the 911 dispatcher and police responded immediately.
Within a matter of minutes, Tamarya Brooks and Ryan Bettcher were in police custody.
“They were reported, picked up and taken to the law enforcement center within 10 minutes,” said Johnson.
Johnston says signing up for push notifications to stay informed is imperative, but so is following through.
“The other half is calling the police. If you spot a suspect that is on the loose, don't get their attention. Don't even let them know you recognize them. Just pick up the phone and dial 911. That's it.”
Brooks and Bettcher were booked into the Shawnee County Jail on counts of aggravated robbery, aggravated kidnapping, aggravated battery, aggravated assault and criminal restraint.
They each have a bond of $100,000.