Robbery victim tracks suspects with iPhone app – WFMZ Allentown


Robbery victim tracks suspects with iPhone app

ALLENTOWN, Pa. – Allentown police said a robbery victim used an iPhone tracking app to track down the two men who allegedly robbed him at gunpoint.

Jorge L. Mendez and Oscar S. Ramirez, both of Allentown, face robbery, theft and assault charges for their roles in the alleged robbery Saturday night in the 1400 block of Liberty Street. District Judge Michael D’Amore arraigned both men Sunday, setting bail for the 20-year-old Mendez at $100,000 and at $75,000 for the 18-year-old Ramirez.

Police were dispatched to the 1436 Liberty Street shortly after 9:30 p.m. Saturday to investigate an armed robbery report. The victim said he was in the Valley Door and Hardware parking lot smoking a cigarette when a white SUV with a heavily damaged front end pulled into the lot, according to court records.

One man reportedly stepped out of the vehicle, spoke to another person in the vehicle, got back inside and drove away. The victim reported that he was approached a short time later by two men, one armed with a handgun, demanding his backpack.

The man with the handgun said, “Give me everything or lose your life,” according to records. Court records indicate that the second man, later identified as Mendez, appeared to be standing watch.

The victim turned over his bag containing an iPhone 6s, a pair of headphones, a cell phone charger, a pair of sandals and a hookah.

Police said the victim used another cell phone to track his stolen phone, watching it move through the city before stopping at South Carlisle and East Union streets, according to records. Several officers responded to the area and found the SUV described by the victim; it was registered to Ramirez.

Authorities detained two men in the area, and police allege they found an iPhone 6s in Ramirez’s pants pocket. The victim unlocked the phone with his fingerprint.

Police charged both men with felony counts of robbery and terroristic threats and misdemeanor counts of theft, receiving stolen property, simple assault and reckless endangerment.

Neither man posted bail. They were sent to Lehigh County Jail to await preliminary hearings scheduled for Aug. 14.

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