Ringing Phone Traps Suspect

March 28, 2012 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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A woman’s iTunes account led to the arrest of a homeless man who police said robbed her of her pocketbook in the subway.

The victim, described as a 32-year-old woman, was robbed at gunpoint last week Tuesday at about 1:15 p.m. just after she entered the Adams Street entrance to the High Street A and C subway station. She then approached a police officer who was on foot patrol at Pearl and Sands Streets and reported the incident. Police officers from the 84th Precinct soon began to canvass the area.

One cop, Police Officer Benito Ocasio, asked the victim if he could access her iTunes account in order to track her iPhone, which had been in her pocketbook. As a result, according to police, cops tracked the phone to 111 Bridge Street in the Farragut Houses. While the officers were in the lobby, the suspect walked out of the first-floor stairwell and the phone began to ring, police said.

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The officers stopped the man, identified as Brian Mack, 55, and asked the victim to identify him, which she did. Mack, described as “undomiciled,” was arrested and charged with grand larceny, criminal possession of a weapon and robbery, according to police.


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