iPhones are one of Apple’s hottest sellers. They’re also the hottest target of crime. Thefts of iPhones and similar devices were up more than 40% in the city last year. Two new violent incidents highlight the severity of the problem.
Police have released video of the man suspected of stabbing three teenage boys on the platform of the Jamaica Center Station yesterday. They were waiting for a train when the assailant got into a fight with the three as he tried to steal their iPhone. He took off as the teens lay bleeding, waiting for help. You can see video of the suspect on our website. The teens were treated at Jamaica Hospital. Their wounds were not considered life-threatening.
Other surveillance cameras captured a terrifying scene in the Bronx, where a Hispanic man in his 20s followed a 17-year-old girl into her apartment building, determined to steal her iPhone. The unidentified victim screamed, fought and kicked as her assailant beat her repeatedly and dragged her down a flight of stairs. Police just released the video that shows the man running from the building, but not before his victim pulled off his hoodie, hoping his image would be caught by nearby surveillance cameras.
The suspect was described as being 6’2″, light-skinned with black hair in corn rowed braids. He was wearing a burgundy coat with a fur-trimmed hood.
Police advise iPhone owners to register their serial numbers and activate tracking technology. And given the potential for violence you are better off giving up your phone, not your life, trying to keep it.