Monrovia man fights off would-be robber to retrieve iPhone in Arcadia

ARCADIA — A man fought a would-be thief to retrieve his iPhone late Friday after it was snatched from a sandwich shop restroom, police said.
The incident took began about 8:45 p.m. at a Subway restaurant in the 100 block of East Duarte Road, Arcadia police Lt. Roy Nakamura said.
A 19-year-old Monrovia man realized he had left his iPhone 5S in the restroom and saw another man pick it up and leave with it, the lieutenant said.
The man chased after the thief and confronted him, but the suspect managed to fight the victim off and continue fleeing with the stolen iPhone, Nakamura said.
But the determined victim again confronted the robber, who dropped the phone before running off, he said. The victim retrieved his phone, apparently undamaged.
The victim, who stood about 5 inches shorter than the thief, was not injured in the scuffles, Nakamura said.
Police described the robber as a white man between 20 and 25 years old, about 5 feet 7 inches tall and 125 pounds. He had black hair and wore black reading glasses and a blue jacket. He carried a black backpack and a black duffel bag.

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