Pasadena man suspected in failed iPhone robbery

PASADENA — Police arrested a man Thursday on suspicion of robbing a woman of her iPhone the previous day, authorities said.
Jose Loeza, 22, of Pasadena was booked on suspicion of robbery, Pasadena police Lt. Keith Jones said.
He was taken into custody after police identified him with the help of the alleged victim, he added.
A 19-year-old woman was walking about 10:30 a.m. Wednesday near Sierra Bonita Avenue and Walnut Street when a man approached her from behind and snatched her iPhone from her, police said.
The robber jumped into a nearby Ford Mustang and fled, officials said, and the young woman jumped into her own car and gave chase. The robber eventually pulled over, and the woman was able to retrieve her phone.
The woman obtained the Mustang’s license plate number and was able to identify the thief from a photo line-up, Jones said.
Officers contacted him by telephone Thursday afternoon, and Loeza told police they could pick him up in the 1200 block of North Altadena Drive, the lieutenant said. Police arrested him there about 6 p.m.
Loeza was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail, Jones said, and was due for arraignment in Pasadena Superior Court Tuesday.

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