Authorities would like the public's assistance to identify two, iPhone-stealing suspects, who preyed on a woman in Woodside, Queens, last Friday night, May 11th around 7pm.
Police say not only did they steal her phone, but they threw her to the ground, causing her to hurt her shoulder and neck. Ishtak Tushan's balcony overlooks the crime scene, and he admits he and his wife overlook the fact that iPhone thefts are up 44% in the city.
"We both talk on iPhone, we talk in front of our door right here. Never heard anything like that."
We warned people at the intersection of 50th Street and 43rd Avenue. Adrian Longo has lived in the neighborhood for years; he wears his iPhone on his belt. He showed us, "If you yank this hard, it'll be disconnected from the belt. This is called an Otter, sometimes it's a pain in the neck to hook up, but it's very hard to dislodge."
Cops describe the suspects as Hispanic males, between 15-20 years old, about 5'7" and 150 lbs.
Norma Rivadenira of Woodside thanked us for telling her about the crime. "This is very dangerous, thank you for telling me because I live down here, my daughters always have one, very dangerous."
Alice Lemos also lives in the neighborhood: "We're told all the time, protect your belongings, don't be distracted, don't check your phone as soon as you get out of the subway, but people have habits and the last thing you think is you're going to be assaulted."
If you know anything that can help police catch these suspects, please call Crimestoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS. All calls will be confidential.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times