A Jewish woman was robbed at gun point and the thief made off with her brand new android phone. Her screams alerted nearby residents.
The incident occurred at around 11:00pm near the corner of President Street and New York Avenue. The woman was loading belongings into her car when she suddenly felt something brush up behind her.
Thinking at first it was a cat, she quickly figured out something was very wrong as she felt her shaitel being pushed down and the cold steel of a gun was pressed to the back of her neck.
Initially she gave a yell and the thug warned her not to make another sound. “I have a loaded gun pressed to the back of your head, now give me your cellphone” he demanded, and the victim quickly complied. He then asked for the password to the phone which she said she did not know and that it was brand new.
The thief then fled down President Street towards Nostrand Avenue.
The woman approached the first Jewish home she saw and had them call 911 and Shormim, who responded and quickly went searching for the perpatrator. He was described as a black male with a light complexion, wearing a blue and white checkered shirt and short curly hair, around 5 foot 8 or 5 foot 9.
Police took the woman for a search of the area and after not finding anything they took her down to the police station to file a police report and speak to detectives. Shomrim transported the womans husband to the Precinct.
Unfortunately the phone did not have any tracking software on it, which could have helped locate the phone and the thief. “Smartphone owners need to take a few minutes and set such software up on their phone, it could be extremely useful within the first minutes of a crime” said a Shomrim volunteer. “In the past we have had success in tracking and recovering iPhones that were stolen thanks to GPS based location apps.”