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Teen dies after jumping on iPhone thief's car

By Associated Press

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LAST UPDATED: 04:48 a.m. HST, Jul 10, 2014


SANTA ANA, Calif. >> 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.

Anyone with information about the robber or the driver was asked to call Santa Ana detectives.







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KaneoheSJ wrote:
This is the perfect reason why we should enact a killswitch requirement for all phones. Older phone models should also be updated to have that feature. Smart phones such as the iPhone have been the target of thieves according to law enforcement around the country. How many more of these incidents should occur before Apple and other companies take the step on their own to discourage the theft of their high priced phones? Obviously it is high time that our government step in. Many phones already have this feature. How much longer will it take for all of these high priced phones to follow suit?
on July 9,2014 | 12:07PM
residenttaxpayer wrote:
Evidently you do not own an iPhone because it has a lost mode which locks the phone rendering it unusable until the owner enters the passcode....not to mention that the iphone can be traced to its current location....
on July 9,2014 | 01:12PM
busterb wrote:
LOL! Gotta love irate people who have no idea about what they are posting about.
on July 9,2014 | 01:27PM
sumotoby wrote:
The person can always reset the phone back to the factory settings -
on July 9,2014 | 04:19PM
residenttaxpayer wrote:
You need the passcode to unlock the phone first before you can reset it....
on July 9,2014 | 05:10PM
AFishOutofH20 wrote:
Bright!!!!!!!!
on July 9,2014 | 12:28PM
agumakiki wrote:
To die for an IPhone, really ! How sad ! !
on July 10,2014 | 05:10AM
lokela wrote:
Not worth jumping on a speeding car for an iPhone. She should have let them take it. That can be replaced unfortunately she can't. Sad.
on July 10,2014 | 07:05AM
cojef wrote:
Moral of the incident, sad as it was, is not being aware of your surroundings when texting. Have often observed individual running into obstructions while texting. If she did not have the iPhone in use, the theft would have not occurred.
on July 10,2014 | 07:46AM
SueH wrote:
Nowhere in the article does it say she was texting, or even using her phone. She may have just been carrying it in her hand. You added the extra drama and lament about "not being aware of your surroundings", Your statement that "if she did not have the iPhone in use, the theft would not have occurred" is utterly conjecture and a form of "see, I told you so" on your part. Were you shaking your finger at her, too? How can you possibly know what motivated the thief or what the actual circumstances were?? Are you clairvoyant?
on July 10,2014 | 10:36AM
saveparadise wrote:
Typical society these days, blame the victim. Someday we will have zero tolerance for criminals. Until then, insanity continues.........
on July 10,2014 | 09:42AM
honopic wrote:
I could understand jumping onto a moving car to save her 7-year-old sister, if they'd grabbed her, but to risk life and limb for an iPhone makes no sense. It's a possession, and one that's replaceable. This poor girl's life is not. That being said, when the the thieves are caught, they should be charged with felony murder during commission of a crime. It won't bring Rubi Rubio back, but it will get them off the streets for the rest of their lives.
on July 10,2014 | 10:01AM
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