Chicago Woman Killed In iPhone Robbery

Posted in Apple News, iPhone on 30/03/2011 by J. Glenn Künzler


The Chicago Tribune reports that a robber, fleeing after having stolen an iPhone from an L-train commuter, pushed a 68-year-old woman down a flight of stairs. The woman later died from injuries resulting from this attack.

Medical officials say that she died of a cerebral hemorrhage resulting from the attack.

The crime reflects a growing trend involving smartphone thefts in the city. The problem, however, reaches far beyond the Chicago area, authorities said.

“It’s a worldwide problem where iPhones are being taken, resold to fences, which are then resold for a higher price,” Belmont Area detective Cmdr. Gary Yamashiroya said. “It’s something that police departments across the country are trying to find solutions to.”

Certainly the robbery of an iPhone is bad news in itself, but to sink so low that the health, safety, and even the lives of others are less important than the gadgets that we thrive from? Truly sad indeed.

Via Chicago Tribune

  • That's terrible news. A woman lives 68 years only to be killed by some idiot who wants her phone. If it was that serious, i'm almost certain he could have stolen her phone without pushing her down some stairs. That's a cowardly move.

    • Actually, it's worse than that – it wasn't her phone he stole – he pushed her out of the way in fleeing from stealing someone else's phone.

  • Wow… lol I have show in Chicago next week I guess I'm leavingmy iPhone and iPad at home

  • GhettoNotFablous

    Yeah. I had my Iphone 4 for less than a week before some ghetto, saggy pant, dreadlock wearing Norwegian ripped it out of my hands, jumped of the bus and ran down Division Ave in broad daylight. The problem is not the iPhone or Apple. The problem is bad parenting and poor education breeding ignorance that results in degenerate thugs out on the streets robbing the hardworking hands that feed them via the welfare system. Thank God for welfare though; without it the savages would grow even hungrier

  • Jioo

    What’s so sad is that the article focused on the iPhone rather than the death of the lady.

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J. Glenn Künzler

Glenn is Managing Editor at MacTrast, and has been using a Mac since he bought his first MacBook Pro in 2006. Now he’s up to his neck in Apple, and owns an old iBook, a 2012 iMac with an extra Thunderbolt display for good measure, a 4th-generation iPad, an iPad mini, 2 iPhones, and a Mac Mini that lives at the neighbor’s house. He lives in a small town in Utah, enjoys bacon more than you can possibly imagine, and is severely addicted to pie.