Faith Ekakitie Stopped By Police at Gunpoint After Being Mistaken for Bank Robbery Suspect

Faith Ekakitie (PHOTO CREDIT: David Scrivner, Iowa City Press-Citizen via Associated Press)
Faith Ekakitie (PHOTO CREDIT: David Scrivner, Iowa City Press-Citizen via Associated Press)

Faith Ekakitie, a defensive end for the University of Iowa, says “the first time I’ve truly feared for my life,” came while playing the popular smartphone game Pokemon Go in an Iowa City park.

A bank a short distance away had been robbed and the suspect was identified as a large black male, wearing all black with something on his head, according to Ekakitie’s Facebook post that described the incident which comes amid heightened scrutiny of police shootings of African-American men in harrowing detail.

Iowa City police noticed the 23-year-old Ekakitie fit the armed suspect’s description. Ekakitie, who had headphones on, did not hear the approach of the police officers who drew their guns. The 6-foot-3, 290-pounder detailed the incident from his perspective and from what he thought must have been the perspective of police, writing he was “happy to be alive.”

Sgt. Jorey Bailey told The Des Moines Register: “I don’t think race played a factor in this, nor does it in circumstances like this because of the detailed description, the location given by the person and the short time span in which this all occurred.”

Click here to read more.

SOURCE: USA Today, Jessica Guynn