On January 18, roughly around 6:30 P.M., two men assaulted a man in the Bronx. They told him to hand over his iPhone, which he refused to, reports The Gothamist
. The man tried running away from the assailants, however, one of men then pulled out a gun and shot a single round into the man's back. The two robbers then fled the scene, leaving the man on the sidewalk. Fortunately, the victim was taken to a nearby hospital and will be recovering fully from his injuries. The two suspects have not been caught.
iPhone robberies, which Gothamist mentions is on the rise, are most commonly showing up on the subway and other busy areas with high volumes of people. However, there are instances where people have been injured or even killed over their Apple device, like the September murder in Brooklyn
Two two suspects in the recent attempted robbery are both described as being Latino men, around 5-feet-7 and the suspect who shot the victim is being described as wearing an "expensive dark Marmot jacket."
New York City isn't the only major city seeing a slew of iPhone crime, other large cities like Chicago and Los Angeles are also seeing victims being beaten for their smartphones and even cellphone retailers seeing a steady increase in thefts. To fight back, New York City police have been going undercover to catch robbers.
Also, to deter theft, Apple suggests using "Find My iPhone"
. The free application can be used with an iPhone, iPad, Mac computer, and even a fourth generation iPod Touch. The app must be downloaded on a separate device and the user must register with Apple's iCloud (formerly MobileMe) service. When used, a user is given the general radius of where the missing iPhone is located or exact coordinates, depending on the updated information.