Teen dies after jumping on iPhone thief’s car

By From page A5 | July 10, 2014

SANTA ANA — A 15-year-old Southern California girl died of her injuries two days after she jumped onto the speeding car of a robber who snatched her iPhone, and detectives are asking for the public’s help in finding two suspects.

Rubi Rubio briefly held onto the trunk of the car before falling off and hitting her head last Thursday in Santa Ana, Police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna told the Orange County Register.

“According to witnesses, the vehicle was swerving in an attempt to get her off,” Bertagna said.

Rubio, a student at Godinez Fundamental High School, died from her injuries on Saturday while surrounded by her family at a hospital, the newspaper said.

“She opened her eyes, looked at me for like five seconds and said, ‘Mom,’” Marisol Hernandez told reporters through tears Tuesday as she talked about seeing her daughter at the hospital. “That was the last word I heard from her.”

Investigators said the man took the phone from the teen while she was walking her 7-year-old sister home from school. He ran to the car, which was driven by another person, with Rubio giving chase.

The iPhone was later found by a resident not far from the scene of the robbery.

Bertagna described the vehicle as a light gray or silver Pontiac.


The Associated Press

The Associated Press


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  • 2realJuly 10, 2014 - 6:02 am

    I knew that there was alotta hype behind the iphone. But i didnt know they were to die for.

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  • John AndersonJuly 10, 2014 - 9:32 am

    Any description of the perps? none? geeze...

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  • HuckleberryJuly 10, 2014 - 10:09 am

    Bill 962, Kill Switch Bill, would give owners the capability of rendering stolen cellphones inoperable if stolen. Phone companies were against this because $508 million is spent on replacement costs by consumers and 4.8 billion on insurance. Mark Leno (D) sponsored the bill and it was killed in the senate. The thought was that thieves would not gain usage of the phone if there was a kill switch and so would stop stealing them.

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  • JimboJuly 10, 2014 - 9:36 pm

    I have one of those cell phones that I probably could not get a thief to take. And I would not have it any other way.

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